RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Virginia State Police Special Agent Michael T. Walter, who was shot Friday night in Richmond and died Saturday morning, is being remembered for his longtime service, being active in the community and being a father.
Walter, 45, had been with Virginia State Police for 18 years, according to Col. Steven Flaherty, superintendent for Virginia State Police. After starting his career in Northern Virginia, he transferred to the Powhatan office in 2005.
He was promoted to the rank of Special Agent in 2010 and had been assigned ever since to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Richmond Field Office Drug Enforcement Section.
Born in Philadelphia, Walter was also a U.S. Marine from 1989 to 1994. He previously worked at VCU Medical Center and for Capitol Police.
Flaherty said Walter is survived by his wife, Jaime, and three children -- a 14-year-old son, a 9-year-old son and a 6-year-old daughter.
He was also a youth wrestling coach.
"Mike is well-known not only for his passion for criminal justice, but also for his commitment and passion to bettering the lives of local youth," said Flaherty. "Mike founded and ran a nonprofit organization, the Powhatan Youth Wrestling and Community Development Corporation, through the Blackhawk gym. For him and Jaime, this wasn't about making a profit. It was about making a difference for disadvantaged youth by mentoring them and fostering their talents through physical fitness and sportsmanship."
The Powhatan Youth Wrestling and Community Development Corporation released this statement about Walter:
Walter is the 63rd Virginia State Police employee killed in the line of duty since 1928 and the 11th in the past 11 years, Flaherty said.
You can also see other statements about Walter being made on social media below:
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