UPDATE 12/29/18 2:31PM – Captain Stephen Keatts of the Roanoke Police Department has released the following statement:
“On the afternoon of December 28, 2018 Salem Police Detectives were in the area of the Extended Stay Hotel on Frontage Rd NW in reference to an investigation of a stolen vehicle from their jurisdiction. Investigation led to the individual involved and Roanoke Police Officers responded to assist with the investigation. Officers made contact with the individual through the door and at one point in the conversation officers heard what they believed to be a gunshot from inside the room. Officers withdrew to a position of safety and notified the Tactical Response Team. The Tactical Response Team responded and took over the incident. The rooms surrounding the room occupied by the involved individual were evacuated for safety and the Hotel staff made accommodations for all those affected.
Officers were in communication with the individual throughout the night. At about 8:30 am on December 29, 2018 the decision was made to enter the room and take the individual into custody. Officers opened the door to the room and introduced chemical agent to gain compliance from the individual at which time the individual fired additional shots in the direction of the officers. Officers utilized less than lethal weapons to take the individual into custody. No one was seriously injured in this incident. The individual was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for evaluation. The investigation is on going and we will be working with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Officer to determine appropriate charges in this incident. The identity of the adult male involved is being withheld at this time. Once charges are determined an update will be made.
The Roanoke Police Department is proud of the professionalism demonstrated by all officers involved. We also appreciate the assistance of the Salem and Roanoke County Police Departments in this incident.”
UPDATE 12/28/18 11:11PM – A standoff situation that started Friday evening drug into the late night hours at Extended Stay America Hotel.
The call came in around 6 p.m.
Roanoke Police told us no injuries were reported as of 11 p.m.
It’s unclear what led up to the standoff but officers said the person was being “less than cooperative” with negotiators.
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Roanoke City dispatch confirms there is an active, armed standoff near Frontage Road SW at the Extended Stay Hotel.
Authorities believe the suspect is armed, and parts of the hotel have been evacuated.
WFXR crews on scene say tactical teams have arrived to the standoff.
The public is asked to steer clear of the area while the scene is active.