UPDATE 2:29 p.m.: Danville officials announced Wednesday that a man will not face any criminal charges after he reportedly shot and killed another man in self-defense at an apartment complex in mid-April.

The Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Danville, Michael Newman, says a manslaughter indictment was presented to the grand jury, but they did not return a true bill.



DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Just over a month after a man reportedly shot and killed another man in self-defense at a Danville apartment complex, city officials plan to share the results from the grand jury Wednesday afternoon.

The Danville Police Department says officers were called out to the Cardinal Village Apartments in the 600 block of Edmonds Street at approximately 1:24 p.m. on April 16.

When police arrived, they found 20-year-old Shafi Yassin Rasheed with gunshot wounds. Rasheed was taken to SOVAH, where he died shortly after 2:45 p.m.

Authorities say they received an initial call for the shooting from a 21-year-old man who does not live in Danville. He reported to police that he was involved in the incident and shot the man in self-defense. Police say he turned himself in and was cooperating with the investigation.

Investigators say they determined that Rasheed walked up to the second man at a vehicle parked on Edmonds Street with a firearm. Rasheed was reportedly upset about a woman acquaintance and he assaulted the second man with a firearm, but the second man pulled out his own gun and shot Rasheed multiple times.

According to police, they recovered the second man’s gun during the investigation. They also learned that there was no history of threats or violence between Rasheed and the man prior to this incident.

Officials say no criminal charges were filed after they reviewed video surveillance and witness statements.

At the time of the deadly shooting, the Danville Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office announced they would present the case to a grand jury so they could review the evidence and determine if criminal charges are appropriate.

Just over a month later, on Wednesday, May 18, police told WFXR News about plans to hold a briefing to discuss the grand jury results for the April 16 deadly shooting.

According to Danville Police Capt. Steve Richardson, Danville Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Newman “will be releasing the outcome, potentially as a justifiable homicide and reviewing the case with the video of the homicide which was caught on surveillance.”

You can watch Wednesday’s news conference live at 2 p.m. here on WFXRtv.com, on the WFXR News Facebook page, or on the WFXR News app.