Chase Austin’s cause of death released

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The cause of death for Chase Andrew Austin is a single gunshot wound to the abdomen, the Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke told WFXRtv.com.

Austin was shot and killed by a Roanoke Police officer on Wednesday, Oct. 16 after the officer responded to a trespassing call.

Police were originally called to that location by employees at Krispy Kreme, who reported Austin was trespassing after previously being banned from the restaurant. A statement from Roanoke Police said the officer engaged with Austin.

Virginia State Police said Thursday, Oct. 17, that Austin became confrontational with the officer and produced a black semi-automatic pistol and pointed it at the officer. The Roanoke Police officer fired his service weapon, hitting Austin. He ran from the scene, state police said, but was taken into custody after being pursued by the officer on foot.

Chase Andrew Austin, 28, of Vinton was shot and killed by Roanoke Police on Wednesday, Oct. 17, after police responded to a trespassing call at the Krispy Kreme on Hershberger Road. (Photo: Courtesy Virginia State Police)
Chase Andrew Austin, 28, of Vinton was shot and killed by Roanoke Police on Wednesday, Oct. 16, after police responded to a trespassing call at the Krispy Kreme on Hershberger Road. (Photo: Courtesy Virginia State Police)

Austin was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital where he died.

Austin was wanted on several charges and was in possession of a firearm stolen from a vehicle in Roanoke.

Police have not yet identified the officer involved in the shooting death of Austin. He has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of a Virginia State Police investigation into the shooting.

After the Virginia State Police completes its investigation, findings will be presented to the Commonwealth Attorney’s office in the city of Roanoke.

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