In the early morning hours of January 30, the Kilmarnock Police Department responded to a 911 call of a breaking and entering at a residence on Bel-Mer Way in Kilmarnock.
Upon the arrival of the officer and emergency services personnel, James Walters of Lancaster was found with gunshot wounds and subsequently succumbed to his injuries at the scene, according to a press release issued by the Town of Kilmarnock and the Kilmarnock Police Department.
“Mr. Walters was known to the occupants of the residence and at this time, there is no reason to believe anyone else is involved,” said Chief of Police Cliff Dawson.
In 2019, the Lancaster County Magistrate issued an Emergency Protective Order on behalf of the resident against Walters. That protective order expired in September 2019.
Evidence from the scene has been collected and will be transferred to Virginia’s forensic laboratory in Richmond for further testing. This remains an ongoing investigation.
“Unfortunately, this is a tragic event for the families involved and for our community. We send our concerns to all parties involved in this event,” said Chief Dawson.