No charges filed after deadly Roanoke officer-involved shooting

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR News) – The officer involved in a deadly officer-involved shooting back in October 2019 will not face charges according to the City of Roanoke Commonwealth’s Attorney Office.

The Virginia State Police investigated the death of Chase Austin who died as a result of being shot by Roanoke Police Department Officer Martinez on October 16, 2019.

The Commonwealth’s Attorney office reviewed the facts developed by the investigation and determined there was no probable cause to believe there was any crime committed.

The decision only applies to the criminal aspect of this investigation and the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office says any aggrieved party is free to pursue any civil remedy they may have available.

Now that the investigation is over and there will be no charges filed, the Commonwealth’s Attorney says he wanted to explain his decision and help the community understand what happened that day.

In his release, the Commonwealth’s Attorney gave a detailed timeline of events from that afternoon back in October. You can find the full release below.

The Commonwealth’s Attorney says after reviewing surveillance video, witness statements, forensic reports, and the autopsy and toxicology reports which determined Austin had meth in his system that the officer was legally justified to use deadly force.

Austin’s mother Lori Hall says her son is a victim. She says the officer fired at him seven times in a populated area and she’ll be contacting the criminal division of the Department of Justice about reckless endangerment charges.


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