ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — More than four months after a man was shot and killed by a Roanoke County police officer, the Roanoke County Commonwealth’s Attorney finished his review of whether this deadly use of force was justified, revealing new details about the circumstances surrounding this officer-involved shooting.

According to the Roanoke County Police Department, the incident began with a domestic dispute involving a weapon in the 4900 block of Lantern Street in the North Lakes area around 7 p.m. on Nov. 26, 2021.

While at the scene, police say they set up a perimeter and made multiple attempts to communicate with a man inside a home in the area, but the man was not compliant.

At one point, officials say the man — identified as 52-year-old Shawn Alan Smith of Roanoke County –unexpectedly exited the home and engaged with an officer, who believed his life was in danger and fired two shots, both of which hit the man in the neck, killing him.

However, no officers were injured in the incident.

At the time of the incident, authorities announced that the officer involved was placed on administrative leave pending the investigation.

“A separate administrative investigation into the use of force was conducted by the Police Department’s Professional Standards Unit and found that the officer had complied with policy,” Chief Howard Hall said.

Following the completion of the police department’s investigation, the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office reportedly conducted an independent review to determine if the use of force was legally justified.

“I have thoroughly reviewed the facts and evidence of this case,” said Roanoke County Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian Holohan in a statement on Friday, April 8. “I find that the police officer’s fear of death or serious injury at the hands of Mr. Smith was reasonable under the circumstances and, therefore, pursuant to the criminal laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia governing the use of deadly force, the police officer’s use of deadly force was justified.”

You can read Holohan’s full letter to Hall below, which includes even more information about what happened with Smith and the officer:

“We appreciate the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s independent review of the investigation,” said Hall.