UPDATE: Roanoke City Officer not charged in “justified” shooting

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UPDATE – The Commonwealth’s Attorney Office has ruled the officer involved shooting in November 2017 as “justified,” and they say the officer will not face charges.
 
In November 2017, Officer R.A. Howell responded to to a domestic situation on Fairfield Drive NE. There Officer Powell says the suspect, 31-year-old Victor Bray, fired a handgun, shooting at Bray’s fiance. Howell says he then drew his weapon and fired several shots at Bray. Bray was pronounced dead at the scene.
 
Roanoke City Police turned the investigation over to Virginia State Police and the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office shortly after the shooting.
 

“It just allows us another layer of transparency,” says Roanoke City Police Chief Tim Jones. “We had always done them in house, for over 40 years it had been done that way. It doesn’t necessarily mean that we were not in a position to continue do it, because we certainly have all of the forensic capabilities here. But our need was to offer an extra layer of transparency to the people that we serve.”

Chief Jones also says Howell was placed on administrative assignment shortly after the incident, but is now restored to full active duty.

“No officer comes to work wanting to have to use their handgun to take a life,” he adds. “But we also come to work with the realization that it’s incumbent upon us to protect the citizenry and ourselves.”

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This morning Roanoke Police are expected to make an announcement about an officer involved shooting which happened in November 2017.

 
Virginia State Police took over the investigation into the shooting.
 
They say 31 year old Victor Bray was shot and killed by a Roanoke City Police Officer.
 
They say police were responding to a domestic situation on Fairfield Drive NE.
 
Troopers say when police arrive Bray had a gun pointed at a female and police told him repeatedly to drop the gun.
 
They say after Bray shot at the female, police shot and killed Bray and he died at the scene.  
 
Stay with WFXR news for updates on the announcement.
 

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