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Authorities investigate fatal traffic stop off Route 220 in Roanoke County


Authorities are investigating a fatal traffic stop that happened on Route 220 in Roanoke County late Tuesday night.

The USMS Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force was investigating a fugitive who they believed was near Route 220 on Tuesday night, according to Virginia State Police.

Members of the task force said they identified a passenger in a Toyota pickup as the person wanted and initiated a traffic stop around 9 p.m. on Crossbow Court off of Route 220.

As they approached the vehicle, members of the task force said they heard a single gunshot. Marshals then found the passenger of the truck with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Authorities said first responders immediately tried to provide medical assistance to the passenger, later identified as Joshua Donahue, 47, of Roanoke. He was taken by EMS to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where he later died. State Police said the driver of the truck was not hurt.

Authorities said a handgun was recovered from the truck.

According to authorities, authorities, Donahue’s remains were taken to the medical examiner’s office in Roanoke for examination and autopsy.

Officials said no law enforcement on the scene discharged their weapons.

This incident remains under investigation.


A large police presence closed the entrance to Hunting Hills off Route 220 in Roanoke.

More emergency and police vehicles could be seen on the road past the entrance.

Police presence on Franklin Rd/220 in Roanoke

Police presence on Franklin Rd/220 in Roanoke

The main traffic on 220 was not being impacted, but the entrance to the Hunting Hills community was closed off to other traffic.

Roanoke County police told 10 News that the U.S. Marshall’s Office is the lead in this case.

As of 11:43 p.m., the scene was cleared.

10 News has reached out to the authorities for more details on the incident.

Stay with 10 News as this story develops

Source: WSLS News 10

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