ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Police announced on Thursday that a second man is now in custody in connection with a deadly southwest Roanoke shooting from February.
According to the Roanoke Police Department, word came in at approximately 11:15 p.m. on Feb. 12 about a person with a gunshot wound in the 1200 block of Jefferson Street SW.
When police arrived at the scene, they say they found a man inside a home in the area with what appeared to be a critical injury. First responders brought the man — identified as 21-year-old Arnez A. Kirtley of Roanoke — to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where he died from his injuries.
Then, on Feb. 13, police arrested a man — 21-year-old Bryson W. Berger of Roanoke — in connection with the homicide investigation.
During a May meeting, the Roanoke City Grand Jury issued indictments for first-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a murder against 20-year-old Jaytwon T. Shepherd of Roanoke in connection with Kirtley’s death.
“Throughout the course of the investigation, Detectives determined that two suspects were involved in this homicide. Detectives and Officers worked to gather evidence, which indicated that Mr. Shepherd was the other suspect,” the Roanoke Police Department said in a statement on Thursday, May 5. “We began working with the U.S. Marshals Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force to locate Mr. Shepherd.”
Police in Roanoke were reportedly notified by the High Point Police Department in North Carolina that Shepherd had been taken into custody, but he was brought back to Virginia.
Authorities say they served the indictments from the February homicide investigation without incident on Tuesday, May 3.
As of Thursday, Shepherd is still in custody in the Botetourt County Jail as police continue to investigate Kirtley’s death.