Roanoke officers cleared of criminal charges in May officer-involved shooting, Commonwealth’s Attorney says

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Roanoke City Commonwealth’s Attorney, Donald Caldwell, released a decision Tuesday regarding three Roanoke Police officers who opened fire on a man they thought had a gun back in May.

Caldwell says the officers have been cleared of all criminal charges.

According to Virginia State Police, the incident happened on May 22 at 938 Glenn Ridge Road NW. Police were called to a home for multiple disturbances. The investigation determined a man hid in some bushes and told officers repeatedly that he had a gun.

Police told WFXR News the man then made a sudden move and that’s when officers opened fire, hitting and injuring him. That man was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment.

WFXR News spoke with Caldwell, who says that, after a Virginia State Police investigation, the officers had reason to believe that their lives and the lives of others were in danger and that they were justified in shooting him.

You can read Caldwell’s full statement outlining the officer-involved shooting in May below:

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