UPDATE from State Police: SALEM, Va. – The Virginia State Police investigation remains ongoing into the fatal shooting in the City of Roanoke Wednesday night (Nov. 8). At the request of the Roanoke City Police Chief, the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Salem Field Office is investigating the officer-involved shooting that occurred shortly after 10 p.m., at a residence in the 2600 block of Fairfield Drive NE.
Roanoke Police responded to a 911 call for a domestic situation at the residence on Fairfield Drive NE. When the officer arrived, he encountered two individuals – to include an armed male – on the front porch of the residence engaged in a verbal dispute. When the female began walking away, the male pointed the gun at the female. Despite the Roanoke officer’s repeated commands to drop the weapon, the male subject shot at the female. The Roanoke officer subsequently shot the male subject.
The male subject, Victor D. Bray, 31, of Roanoke, Va., died at the scene. His remains were transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke for examination and autopsy. The 30-year-old female Roanoke resident was not injured in the shooting. The Roanoke Police Officer was not injured in the shooting.
The investigation remains ongoing at this time. Once the State Police concludes its investigation, the findings will be turned over to the Commonwealth’s Attorney for final review and adjudication.
PREVIOUS: A man was fatally shot last night by a Roanoke police officer in a northeast neighborhood. An officer reports he found a man on the porch of a residence with a firearm after responding to a domestic situation around 10 p.m. The man allegedly fired his weapon after being told to drop it. The officer then shot him. It’s the first reported officer-involved shooting since 2015. Lillian Boyd has more:
From Press Release: Roanoke Police confirm that an officer involved shooting took place Wednesday evening, November 8th, at approximately 10:09 pm at 2622 Fairfield Drive NE. At 10:08 pm, an armed subject call was aired for the 2622 Fairfield address. Roanoke E-911 advised a loud disorder was heard in the background during the 911 call. A Roanoke Police Officer, who was on foot in the immediate area on an unrelated call, heard E-911 announce the armed subject call, and walked to 2622 Fairfield where he observed two subjects on the front porch. The subjects were involved in an active disorder as the officer approached. The male subject was observed with a gun and ordered to drop the weapon by the responding officer. The male subject did not comply with the officers demands. The male subject fired a shot and the officer returned fire, striking the male subject. The officer requested rescue to respond to the scene. The female involved was not struck and the officer was not injured.
The male was pronounced dead at the scene.
In accordance with department policy, the Virginia State Police were notified and will be utilized for the criminal investigation of this incident. The officer involved has been placed on administrative assignment per department policy. The suspect’s identity will not be released at this time to allow for proper notifications to be made. The Virginia State Police Public Information Officer, Corinne Geller, will be the media’s point of contact for further inquiries on the investigation. She can be reached at 804-674-2789.