Update: Virginia Western lockdown lifted, suspect in custody - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Update: Virginia Western lockdown lifted, suspect in custody

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2:49 p.m.

Roanoke City Police say a suspect is in custody after a lockdown at Virginia Western Community College. In a news release, they say officers went to Clinton Ave. in SE Roanoke at 10:48 a.m. There, a woman said that her husband was suffering from "possible mental issues", but was not at home. Additional information given to the police indicated that the man may have been headed to Virginia Western, and the wife said her husband was "angry at the governor", according to the release. There was also reason to believe he may have a firearm. Officers contacted Virginia Western, and put out a lookout for the man.

At 11:36, the man was taken into custody, and taken for a medical and mental evaluation. He was unarmed when police found him. The news release says no threat to staff or students at the school was found.


Update 2:15 p.m.

In a tweet, Virginia Western said:

"Lockdown was triggered after the Roanoke City Police relayed a potential threat to campus. The individual never was on or near campus."

Update 12:40 p.m.

Virginia Western spokesperson Josh Meyer tells us that the suspect in custody "never made it to campus, and was quite a distance away from the school."


According to Virginia Western Community College spokesperson Josh Meyer, "Roanoke City Police responded to a potential threat to the college. They have told VA Western Police the suspect is in custody and we are all safe."

Roanoke City Police are investigating.


Virginia Western has just tweeted, "Thank you for following lockdown procedure. Campus is safe. There will be updates later on the security issue."

According to Justin McLeod, Roanoke City Schools spokesperson, James Madison Middle and Fishburn Middle were in Shelter in Place mode for a short period of time. This allowed for normal activities. It has been lifted.


According to Virginia Western Community College spokesperson Josh Meyer, the school has been on lockdown since approximately 11:25 a.m.

He says it's an "evolving situation." We have a crew on the way and will update you when we know more.

The school has issued a text message saying, "There is a potentially evolving security incident. Stay in lockdown until further notice."

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