UPDATE 3:34 p.m.: Virginia State Police released new details about the investigation into the officer-involved shooting that resulted in an hours-long standoff in downtown Roanoke overnight.
According to Virginia State Police, the incident started shortly after 11 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11 when the Roanoke Police Department responded to a shots fired call in the 100 block of Elm Avenue SW.
When Roanoke officers arrived, a second round of gunshots were reportedly fired inside the apartment, so police fired back, leading to a four-hour standoff and the evacuation of the surrounding apartments in the building.
However, authorities say nobody was injured by the gunfire.
Then, at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 12, officials tell WFXR News that the suspect came out of the apartment and was taken into custody without further incident.
According to police, 31-year-old Damoan S. Townes of Roanoke, was charged with two counts of discharging a firearm within a building with malicious intent.
In addition, while searching the apartment, Virginia State Police say they recovered the firearm believed to have been used in the shooting.
Per department policy, the Roanoke officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave until the investigation is complete, authorities say.
UPDATE 8:12 a.m.: Virginia State Police’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation is processing the scene of the officer-involved shooting that took place overnight in downtown Roanoke, resulting in one arrest, but no injuries.
Police tell WFXR News that multiple residents live inside the Elm Avenue SW home where the incident took place — which is photographed below– but they were all evacuated.
UPDATE 5:23 a.m.: The Roanoke Police Department tells WFXR News that one person has been taken into custody in connection with an overnight officer-involved shooting in the downtown area.
According to the department, there are no reports of injuries as a result of this incident.
In addition, police say there are no other suspects and no danger to the community at this time.
Meanwhile, the 100 block of Elm Avenue SW has reportedly been reopened to traffic.
ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — An officer-involved shooting took place in downtown Roanoke overnight, leading to road closures as members of multiple law enforcement agencies handle this ongoing situation.
The Roanoke Police Department says word came in just after 11 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11 about possible shots fired in the 100 block of Elm Avenue SW.
When officers arrived at the scene, they say they went inside a multi-dwelling unit for a well-being check. Shortly afterward, they came across a person who fired shots inside the building.
According to police, at least one officer shot back as officers took cover outside the building.
As of this writing, authorities say no officers have been injured.
Members of Virginia State Police and regional law enforcement partners are reportedly assisting at this time.
Police ask community members to avoid the 100 block of Elm Avenue SW and the surrounding area until the situation is safely resolved.
This news comes just hours after the department announced that Elm Avenue SW was blocked from Jefferson Street SW to 3rd Street SW and the surrounding streets due to an ongoing incident.
WFXR News has been at the scene since the early morning hours of Friday, Aug. 12 and will continue to gather more information about this developing story.