Governor Cuomo: 'The entire New York family grieves today'

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a statement early Monday morning regarding the shooting death of a State Trooper.

Trooper Joel Davis was shot and killed when he responded to the scene of a reported domestic incident at a home in the Jefferson County town of Theresa Sunday night.

The suspect’s wife, 27-year-old Nichole Walters, was also found dead at the scene.

32-year-old Justin Walters has been charged with first and second-murder.

Cuomo said:

"The entire New York family grieves today for Trooper Joel Davis, who was shot and killed in the line of duty Sunday night in Theresa, Jefferson County.

"Trooper Davis served as a member of the New York State Police for four years and his death is yet another sad reminder of the risks law enforcement officers face each day in order to protect our communities and serve the residents of this great state.

"I ask all New Yorkers to keep Trooper Davis' family, loved ones and colleagues in the state police in their prayers during this incredibly difficult time."

The Governor says flags will be flown at half-staff starting Wednesday, July 10 through to his interment.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman also offered a statement on Davis' death:

“The death of Trooper Joel Davis is a terrible loss for all of New York. Trooper Davis was doing his job – protecting the community he serves. His family and loved ones, as well as the State Police, are in my thoughts.”

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