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Roanoke City officials have responded to our request for comment concerning an employee being escorted out by security yesterday while being fired. The email said this in part.

“Please understand that the City will not comment on any personnel matters, but we can state that no employee working in any department has been escorted by security from the municipal building today.”

WFIR has heard from two sources that a person’s employment was terminated yesterday.

Posted 10:24 AM 6/13/24 — We are hearing that a longtime Roanoke City government employee has been escorted out by security today. The source, who spoke anonymously to WFIR, says the woman has worked for decades. It’s unclear at this time the women’s identity or job title. It’s unclear if this is related to the changeover in the City Manager’s office after Interim City Manager Lydia Pettis Patton took over this week.

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A narcotics operation was carried out in Roanoke. State Police say a vehicle was stopped in the 3500 block of Valley View Ave after a short pursuit. Special Agents and Officers seized approximately 934 grams of methamphetamine, 49 grams of heroin/fentanyl, 7 fentanyl pills, 4 firearms, and US Currency from the vehicle. 25-year-old Damarius J’Quan Warrick and 20-year-old Keshawn Wright-Johnson, both of Roanoke, were arrested and face charges including Possession of Firearms by Convicted Felon.

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The suspect in the recent officer-involved shooting has been identified as 41-year-old Travis Martin, of Roanoke. The situation started when authorities responded to reports of a man shouting threats at police officers outside the Roanoke Police Department. The same man also made a 911 call threatening to kill all Roanoke Police officers. At the intersection of Hershberger Road and Ferncliff Avenue later in the day, the man struck a patrol car multiple times with a weapon and then advanced toward officers with the weapon leading police to shoot him at the intersection. The officers involved are on administrative leave.

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