Two Killed in Culpeper County, off Sperryville Pike

Photo by Ian Chini
Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office vehicles provide a roadblock and set a perimeter on Old Turnpike Road at the entrance to Gray Street late Tuesday night. Photo by Ian Chini

Wednesday update: The Virginia State Police are investigating two fatal shootings that took place Tuesday night (June 7, 2016) in Culpeper County.

Shortly before 9 p.m., Tuesday, an adult female fled her residence in the 13000 block of Gray Street after getting into an argument and being threatened at gunpoint by her estranged husband, Willis N. Walker Jr., of Culpeper, Va. The woman ran to a nearby neighbor’s house for refuge.

Walker followed her to the neighbor’s residence and forced his way inside at gunpoint. Once inside the residence, Walker shot a 74-year-old male occupant. Walker then searched the neighbor’s house for his estranged wife, whom he found and violently assaulted. A second adult female, who was hiding inside the house at the time, called 911 and the Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office responded to the residence.

Deputies arrived within a minute to the scene and Walker came outside armed with a shotgun and began threatening the deputies. He refused to comply with their repeated commands to put down his weapon. Instead, Walker began advancing towards the deputies threatening them with the shotgun, at which time one of the deputies fired at Walker. Walker died at the scene. His remains have been transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Manassas for examination and autopsy.

Walker’s estranged 51-year-old wife was transported to the UVA Culpeper Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. They had only recently married.

The 70-year-old female who called 911 was not injured in the incident. At this time, State Police are still in the process of notifying the deceased male’s next of kin.

No deputies were injured in the incident.

At the request of Culpeper County Sheriff Scott H. Jenkins, the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Culpeper Field Office is investigating both fatal shootings. The investigations remain ongoing at this time.

Two persons were killed and a third injured the night of June 7 in the village of Norman, Culpeper County.

Culpeper County Sheriff’s Officers and Virginia State Police Officers responded to a report of a breaking and entering and or domestic violence on Gray Street in Norman. Upon arrival, officers were confronted by a man wielding a firearm. A Culpeper County Deputy eventually was compelled to used deadly force during the encounter. The names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Because an officer used deadly force during the incident Sheriff Scott Jenkins has allowed the Virginia State Police to investigate the shooting.

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