Roanoke County police say a man went to the hospital last night, after an officer-involved shooting at Friendship Retirement Community. Police say 911 calls came in around 11 p.m. reporting a “suspicious” person at the Health and Rehab Center in the 300-block of Hershberger Road. The person reportedly had a long gun and a pistol and had fired a shot. Officers from Roanoke County, Roanoke City and State Police responded. They confronted the suspect in the lobby and a Roanoke County police officer shot the man. Roanoke County Fire & Rescue, already on scene, transported the suspect to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. There’s no word on his condition and he reportedly is the only one injured in the incident. Per normal police protocol, the officer involved in the shooting will be on leave pending results of an investigation.
Original post 7/15/14, 2:49 a.m.
ROANOKE, Virginia (AP) _ Police say a suspect has been hospitalized after an officer-involved shooting at a Roanoke County retirement community building. County spokeswoman Amy Whittaker tells The Roanoke Times that police received a call around 11 p.m. reporting a “suspicious” person at the Health and Rehab Center of Friendship Retirement Community. She says when officers arrived they encountered the suspect in the lobby and officers fired shots. Whittaker says it’s unknown whether the suspect was armed. She says the suspect was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment. President and CEO of the facility Russ Barksdale told the newspaper he received a call about 11:30 p.m. about a problematic visitor that staff in the lobby were trying to “calm down.” Barksdale tells the newspaper all residents and staff are safe.
The Associated Press and WFIR Reporter Velvet Hall contributed to these reports.