UPDATE: The Virginia State Police (VSP) Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Salem Field Office is investigating a death that occurred during a felony traffic stop.

The traffic stop was made by United States Marshals Service (USMS) of the Western District of Virginia, Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force on September 27 at 9 p.m. off of Route 220 as part of an ongoing criminal investigation into a fugitive suspect.

The task force says they identified the passenger in a Toyota pickup as the wanted person and then initiated the stop. The vehicle then turned off of Route 220 and stopped on Crossbow Court. As marshals approached the vehicle they say they heard a single gunshot and found the passenger suffering from a gunshot wound. Marshals say the gunshot wound appeared to be self-inflicted.

Officials say they gave the passenger first aid until he was transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where he died. He has been identified as 47-year-old Joshua R. Donahue of Roanoke.

It was reported that no law enforcement on the scene discharged any weapons and the driver of the vehicle was not injured.

VSP says they are investigating the incident.



ROANOKE COUNTY, VA. (WFXR)– A large police presence blocked traffic for drivers in the Hunting Hills area on Tuesday night.

According to police, they were redirecting traffic while the United States Marshal’s Service handled a situation at the Franklin Road and Southern Hills Drive entrance of the Hunting Hills neighborhood.

Multiple law enforcement vehicles are on scene.

This is a developing situation. Stay with WFXR News for updates.