Authorities have released more information on an officer-involved shooting that they say happened in Southwest Roanoke on Wednesday morning.
Roanoke Police said officers responded to the 3700 block of Stratford Park Drive SW and found a man outside on a sidewalk.
Authorities said the officer tried to speak with the man, who appeared to be agitated, but the man grew more aggressive.
The man made several threats to “kill” the officer and ignored the officer’s attempts to de-escalate the situation, police said.
According to police, it then became clear that the man had a knife and started approaching the officer as the officer backed up and continued to try and de-escalate before firing his gun and hitting the man.
Police said the man was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
In accordance with policy, the officer involved will be placed on administrative leave.
Virginia State Police is now in charge of investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened at Leehy Manor Apartments in Southwest Roanoke Wednesday morning, according to Roanoke City Police Chief Sam Roman.
At about 7:16 a.m., authorities were dispatched to Stratford Park Drive for trespassing and an altercation.
After arriving at the scene, officers found a man and woman arguing.
When police tried to de-escalate the situation, the man pulled out a knife and that’s when shots were fired, officials say.
We’re told no officers were hurt in the incident. The suspect was injured, but it doesn’t appear fatal, according to the police department.
Roman says the entire incident was captured on bodycam footage.
This article will be updated once more information becomes readily available.
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