Officer-involved shooting reported at northwest Roanoke residence overnight

Roanoke Valley News

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Police in Roanoke were dispatched twice in the same night to a residence in the 900 block of Glenn Ridge Road NW.

According to the Roanoke Police Department, the first incident took place at approximately 1:40 a.m. on Saturday, May 22.

When officers arrived, they were told there was a man at the home who would not leave the property. Police spoke with the person who had reported the incident, who said that the person had left, but then police located the male subject next to the home.

Those on-scene said that no assault had taken place and no injuries were reported.

This first incident, officers say, was a verbal altercation. The male subject was then advised to leave the property. Police ensured the man had left the scene before they drove away.

Then, at approximately 4:20 a.m., police were dispatched to that same residence after the same man who returned.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found the man lying in some bushes in front of the home. Authorities tried to speak with the man, but he remained concealed and engaged in limited conversation.

The man told officers several times that he was in possession of a firearm and continued to refuse to comply with officers’ instructions.

During the encounter, more than one officer with the Roanoke Police Department fired their service weapons, which did strike the man. After the shots were fired, police kept trying to verbally engage with the man to determine whether he needed medical assistance.

With a potential weapon on the man, officials say that it took several minutes before first responders were able to give the man medical treatment.

Once he exited from the bushes, officers were able to clear the scene.

The man, who has yet to be identified, was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment.

No officers were injured in the incident and no update has been given on the condition of the man who was shot.

The homeowner, Tyler Epperson, says he was at work when all of this happened in his front yard.

Epperson told WFXR News, “Somebody was standing at the edge of my driveway around 2 something with a flashlight looking in a ditch so I saw that and I was just confused…”

Epperson says the police called him around 8 a.m. on his ‘Ring’ doorbell app. When he got home, he took a look at the footage.

“I saw a bunch of police officers in the area right around my house with their lights on,” Epperson explained. “At one point I saw where they had their guns drawn and I could see that there was a person on the hill on the side of my yard. I don’t know who it was, still don’t know who it is.”

Per department policy, Roanoke Police say the officers involved will be placed on administrative assignment and the officer who fired the shot has been placed on administrative leave.

Virginia State Police has taken over the investigation of this officer-involved shooting.

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