Man charged with shooting VSP special agent has criminal history

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A Richmond man is in custody after police say he shot and killed a Virginia State Police special agent in Mosby Court Friday night.

VSP and U.S. Marshals arrested 27-year-old Travis A. Ball in Northumberland County shortly after 6 a.m. Saturday.

Police said Ball was taken into custody without incident. He is being held without bond and is charged with one count of malicious wounding, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Additional charges are pending.

Ball is charged with shooting Virginia State Police Special Agent Michael T. Walter, from Powhatan County.

Travis A. Ball is accused of shooting and killing Virginia State Police Special Agent Michael Walter. Image courtesy of Richmond City Jail/Richmond Sheriff’s Office

Walter died from his injuries shortly after 5 a.m. Saturday morning at VCU Medical Center.

At this time it is still unclear whether Ball was a resident in Mosby Court. The Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority told 8News that they have no record of Ball being a resident in any Mosby or RRHA lease.

8News reporter Tracey Smith has discovered that Ball has a criminal history dating back to 2008.

In Richmond, Ball was convicted in 2014 for two counts of assault and battery and destruction of property. In Lancaster County, Ball has previous convictions for destruction of property, public drunkenness, misdemeanor assault, destruction of property and cruelty to animals.

Ball also had a hearing scheduled for next month in Lancaster Circuit Court for a probation violation.

Stay with 8News as more information becomes available.

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