CULPEPER COUNTY, Va. (WUSA9) – Willis Walker was in a rage. His estranged wife had come for a visit, not thinking there would be any trouble. But her husband chased her with a shotgun. She ran for her life, seeking refuge at a neighbor's house.
"She was banging on the door asking for help frantically," said Culpeper County Sheriff Scott Jenkins.
Walker forced his way in, and killed 74-year-old James Stewart who was trying to protect his wife.
A 70-year-old woman who lives in the home hid in a closet and called 9-1-1.
Walker found his wife hiding in the bathroom and severely beat her. He thought he had killed her, said Culpeper County Sheriff Scott Jenkins. He says less than a minute after the 9-1-1 call came in, nearby deputies surrounded the home.
On Culpeper's radio dispatch, deputies report they see Walker coming outside holding a shotgun and walking toward them. One deputy reports that the subject tells them he already killed two people and asks them to shoot him.
"Be advised. Subject is yelling at us to killing him."
As six deputies keep an eye on their subject, holding their fire, their concern is evident as Walker refuses to comply with orders to put down his weapon.
One Deputy says, "I no longer have visual." Another reports, "He's walking towards my cruiser." Someone asks, "425, you have a visual? he just walked past me."
Finally, after four minutes of watching Walker advance, the threat is too great. A deputy shoots and kills him.
"I fired. He's not moving."
Sheriff Scott Jenkins is praising those deputies for showing restraint.
Names of the deceased have not been released yet, pending notification of kin.
It shootings happened on Gray Street Tuesday night around 9 p.m. It's usually a quite place, says Landon Jenkins who lives nearby.
"They told me right off the bat that someone had been killed and told me to stay in the house, said Jenkins.
Willis Walker, 49, grew up in Arlington County and went to W and L High School. In recent years, he lived next to his parents on Gray Street in Culpeper County. He worked in the meat department at the Safeway in Culpeper. His second marriage was failing. Friends who remember him from high school say Walker was happy, friendly guy.