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Master Trooper Junius A. Walker | Virginia State Police, Virginia Virginia State Police, Virginia

Master Trooper

Junius A. Walker

Virginia State Police, Virginia

End of Watch: Thursday, March 7, 2013

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 63

Tour: 40 years

Badge # 802

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Incompetent to stand trial

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Master Trooper J.A. Walker was shot and killed after stopping for what he believed to be a disabled vehicle on southbound I-85, near mile marker 45, in Dinwiddie County at approximately 1:30 pm.

At some point during the encounter, a subject exited the vehicle and opened fire on Trooper Walker as he sat in his patrol car. He was able to return fire and call for assistance, but his patrol car then lunged forward and ran off the right side of the road coming to rest in the woods approximately 30 feet from the interstate. A passing motorist called 911 to report a trooper in distress. The first two state troopers responded within two minutes of the radio call and one observed the subject standing outside Master Trooper Walker's patrol car with a weapon. The responding trooper and the subject exchanged gunfire before the subject fled on foot into the woods. At approximately 1:58 p.m., deputies with the Dinwiddie County Sheriff's Office took the subject into custody without further incident. The subject was discovered hiding at a local business approximately a half mile away from the shooting scene.

Meanwhile, the heat from the engine of Master Trooper Walker's vehicle sparked the brush under his vehicle to catch fire. The two responding troopers were able to pull Master Trooper Walker from his burning vehicle. However, he had been shot multiple times and succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

The subject was charged with capital murder of a police officer, attempted capital murder of a police officer, and two counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony. On February 28th, 2014, he was found incompetent to stand trial in connection with Trooper Walker's murder.

Trooper Walker had served with the Virginia State Police for 40 years, and had been assigned to Dinwiddie County for 27 years. He was scheduled to retire one month after his murder. He is survived by his wife and two adult children.

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I must admit i never really thought much about what our law enforcement officers go through and see on a daily basis.

Maybe it's me getting older, but i think about yall daily these days. I pray for you too.

I can say there have been two pivotal events that have changed my thinking about what troopers and deputies do.

One of those incidents is identifiable by three numbers: 9-11. I am sorry it took so long to get me to see your importance to our society.

Prior to that i could only see these nice guys (every now and again 'hassling' me about my ...speed. But they were still nice guys, even in the face of my belligerence.

After 9-11, i saw a whole different kind of person. A nation saw Courage that day. Courage that was not displayed in some far off land. Massive amounts of courage, in one day, multiple times.

These days, it takes Courage to put the uniform on and go to work, it seems. (But when i was chief-ticket-procurer of the county, i never once thought of harming an officer. Besides, i can't imagine what my Momma would have done to me. Well, i do know it would have been painful. Have things really changed that much? That's a dum question.)


The other event that raised my respect level for what our law enforcement members do, to the heights, occurred March 8, 2013.

When i read what happened i could not believe it. The reader may think of many senseless acts that you have heard of but this takes the cake, the whole cake and pie too.

You have to wonder why would anyone want to harm this man? ...and so close to retirement? It's baffling.

Sidenote: I never met Master Trooper Walker but there is always at least one in a neighborhood. I grew up around one such an officer of the law. Funny though, everybody told me to fear him. They didn't say respect. Looking back, respect would have been much more fitting.

And now, as a citizen of these United States i hereby give you guys permission to do whatever you have to to get home safely at the end of the shift.

I won't say goodbye Master Trooper, on account i have the feeling you went up. So,

I shall see you again.

Mark Cook
November 9, 2015


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