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