Roanoke Police say the suspect and victim involved in a fatal shooting last night knew each other. Investigators say 18-year-old Laron Simmons shot and killed 40-year-old Jeremy Altman after an argument in the 2100 block of Colgate Street, Northeast. That’s between Williamson and Plantation Roads. Simmons is charged with second degree murder.
UPDATED NEWS RELEASE: Roanoke Police have identified the deceased victim as Jeremy Altman, 40 of Roanoke. The investigation indicates the victim engaged in a verbal dispute with Laron Simmons, 18 of Roanoke, which escalated to the shooting. Investigation indicates that the two men were known to one another prior to the incident. Simmons has been arrested and is charged with second degree murder. This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call (540)344-8500 and share what you know. You can also text us at 274637; please begin the text with “RoanokePD” to ensure it’s properly sent. Both calls and texts can remain anonymous.