Roanoke County Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Leach says there are no grounds to place criminal charges against the police officers involved in February’s fatal shooting of 18-year-old Kionte Spencer. Leach says it is clear to him that the officers were justified in taking the action they did.
Roanoke County Police Chief Howard Hall says the evidence is clear that Spencer ignored repeated and clearly audible warnings to stop and to put down what appeared to be a handgun he was holding, and police fired when he turned toward them with his arm raised. Spencer was shot after police responded to a call in February of man walking with a handgun near Cave Spring Corner.
WFIR’s Gene Marrano was one of a select group of local media who viewed police dash-cam videos of that incident: