Man shot by police after trespassing call at Virginia home

May 23, 2021 GMT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Police responding to a trespassing call at a Virginia home shot and wounded a man early Saturday, police said.

The wounded man was in stable condition at a hospital, Roanoke Police Department spokeswoman Caitlyn Cline said on Sunday. His name and age weren’t immediately released.

Officers initially confronted the man around 1:40 a.m. on Saturday after a caller said he refused to leave a nearby home during an argument, police said in a news release. Officers determined that nobody was assaulted or injured during the argument and told the man to leave the area, police said.

Officers were called back to the same home around 4:20 a.m. and found the man lying in some bushes in front of the residence. Police said the man repeatedly told officers that he had a firearm and wouldn’t comply with their commands before officers fired their weapons at him.


“After the shots were fired, officers continued to attempt to verbally engage with the man to determine if medical treatment was needed,” the news release says.

No officers were injured. The news release says more than one officer fired a weapon but doesn’t specify how many.

The officers involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative assignments while the Virginia State Police investigates, the police department said.