UPDATE 8:18 p.m.: The Roanoke Police Department and the Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office released new information regarding an incident in the Roanoke Valley that ended with a driver dead and another person injured.

Police say they received a call at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 7 about a man with a gun in the area of the 4600 block of Long Acre Drive NE. Officers were then told that person had left in a car.

According to authorities, patrol units were notified and it was later determined that the man had an active felony warrant from another jurisdiction. Officers in the area near Orange Avenue and Williamson Road NE saw the vehicle and tried to follow.

Police determined that the driver also had a passenger in the car.

When officers tried to perform a traffic stop, the driver did not cooperate, so police continued to pursue the driver out of Roanoke, with additional units joining in the chase and trying to stop the vehicle.

According to the Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office, Roanoke Police reported just before 4 p.m. that officers were following a white Mercedes sedan being driven by a man who was reportedly armed and threatening to harm himself.

Officials say the vehicle entered the Hollins/Cloverdale area of Botetourt County on Route 11, but the driver lost control; veered off the road; hit a roadway sign; and came to a stop on an embankment on Read Mountain Road, near the intersection with Dowding Street.

Police tell WFXR News that the driver ended up using the gun on himself, adding that he was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger, on the other hand, did not sustain any major injuries, but was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital as a precaution.

According to the sheriff’s office, both the driver and the passenger were facing multiple charges in Roanoke City, Roanoke County, and Lynchburg. Those charges involve felony check forgery, fraud, and a traffic offense.

The passenger is expected to be arrested for those active warrants after being released from the hospital.

Authorities say no one else was hurt in this incident.

This crash and incident remain under investigation by the Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office and the Roanoke Police Department’s Professional Standards Unit.



BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an incident in Botetourt County on Thursday afternoon.

Deputies say they were alerted about a pursuit from Roanoke City to Botetourt County just before 4 p.m in the 300 block of Read Mountain Road on Thursday, July 7. Deputies say that the driver and a passenger — who had warrants against them were in a vehicle. WFXR News is told that the driver is dead and the passenger was taken to the hospital.

According to a Facebook post, deputies are asking people to avoid the intersection of Read Mountain Road and Downing Street. Deputies reported that a suspect was armed. However they are saying that there is no danger or threat to the community. WFXR News’ Rhian Lowndes was told that the body is being sent to the medical examiner’s office.

Deputies went on to say that traffic will be redirected so parents and grandparents can pick up their children at Mini-World Botetourt Center.

This is a developing story.