UPDATE 9:50 a.m. — The Roanoke Police Department has provided more information on the police chase and standoff that occurred late Thursday night into early Friday morning.
At about 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the 2000 block of Tinker Drive, Roanoke Police located David Wills, 25, who had outstanding warrants for his arrest. Officers approached Wills, who was in a vehicle at the time, but he fled the scene. A police chase ensued, which lasted for less than a quarter-mile. Authorities were able to use spike strips to flatten the tires of the suspect’s vehicle.
The vehicle became immobile at the intersection of Hollins Road and Mason Mill, where officers observed Wills with a weapon. He failed to comply with the officers’ orders to exit his vehicle, which led to a standoff that lasted several hours.
The Tactical Response Team and several Negotiators responded to the scene and were able to establish communication with Wills. Authorities eventually persuaded Wills to disarm the several weapons in his possession and surrender to officers on scene without further incident.
Warrants were served on Wills for attempted first-degree murder, felony possession of a firearm, shooting at an occupied vehicle, and two counts use of a firearm in commission of a felony. There was also an outstanding capias on file from another jurisdiction.
Wills was transported to the Roanoke City Jail.
ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – Police in Roanoke spent several hours attempting to take an individual into custody.
Earlier Thursday evening, police were attempting take a wanted man into custody.
This led to a police chase that ended around Hollins Road.
During the chase, spike strips were deployed, according to police, which disabled the vehicle. That lead to a standoff that ultimately ended peacefully with the individual in custody.
WFXR News will continue to follow this story.