UPDATE: Police investigating after argument turned into fatal shooting in Martinsville Sunday night

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UPDATE 11:26 a.m.: The Martinsville Police Department provided additional information about Sunday night’s homicide at an apartment complex, including the identity of the victim.

Just after 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 27, the department says officers responded to a call of shots fired at 1446 West Fayette Street, which is the property of Maplewood Apartments.

When the police arrived at the scene, they found 31-year-old Charles Brandon Coleman of Martinsville, laying behind one of the apartment buildings with multiple gunshots wounds.

Authorities say Coleman was unresponsive and pronounced dead at the scene. His body has reportedly been brought to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke to collect evidence and determine his official cause of death.

Based on the preliminary reports and evidence, police say Coleman was involved in an argument with man before it turned into a physical fight, during which time the unidentified man pulled out a handgun and started shooting at Coleman, resulting in his injuries.

Several investigators are still working to gather evidence and track down leads received from the public at this time, the department says.

If you have any information about this homicide investigation, you are encouraged to call Lt. Sandy Hines at (276) 403-5301 or Crime Stoppers at (276) 632-7463.


MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Police have reportedly launched a homicide investigation after a shooting Sunday night at a Martinsville apartment complex.

According to BTW21, the Martinsville Police Department received a call about shots fired shortly after 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 27 from Maplewood Apartments on West Fayette Street.

BTW21 reports that Martinsville Police Chief Eddie Cassady said there was an argument in the parking lot, but when the officers arrived, they found one person had been shot. Despite first responders’ efforts to resuscitate the victim, that person reportedly died.

BTW21 says nobody is in custody in connection with this homicide investigation.

Cassady told BTW21 that police are still early in the investigation and plan to go door-to-door to gather information.

A resident at the apartment complex told WFXR News that there was another shooting there three months ago.

WFXR News has reached out to the Martinsville Police Department for more information about this homicide investigation.

This is a developing story.

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