No one hurt in Vinton police standoff, man arrested

VINTON, Va.UPDATE (3:00 p.m.)

Police have identified the man involved in Tuesday morning's standoff as 63-year-old James Elmer Keaton. He is currently being held for medical evaluation. Police say charges will be placed after the medical screening has been completed.

The investigation is ongoing at this time.


The police standoff in Vinton is now over, and no one is hurt. 

Police say someone called 911 at 5 a.m. from a home in the 400 block of West Cleveland Ave. in Vinton. That person did not speak during the call, so as standard protocol, officers responded to the home. 

When they arrived, they were met by a man, armed with a semi-automatic handgun, in the doorway. Police say the man then fired multiple shots out the window at Vinton police. Officers did not fire back. 

Police say the man barricaded himself in the home from around 5 a.m. to 7 a.m., when he came outside. Police were then able to arrest the man. They have not released his name yet but said he is a 63-year-old Vinton resident. 

The police chief said "it went very well" and that Roanoke County and Roanoke City police were quick to help with the situation. 

Roads are now open and it is safe for residents to leave their homes if they wish. Residents were notified of the situation by a city alert.


Police are warning some people in Vinton to stay in their homes while they work a "fluid and ongoing situation" Tuesday morning. 

Vinton, Roanoke City and Roanoke County Police are on the scene of an incident in the 400 block of West Cleveland Ave. 

Vinton police say the area is secure, but residents in the area of Cedar Ave., 4th Street, 3rd Street, and 2nd Street should stay inside. Roads in the area are all closed off, including Walnut Ave. 

An armored vehicle from Roanoke County just left the Vinton Police Department. 

Police are expected to give a media briefing at some point Tuesday morning. 

This is a developing story. WSLS has a crew on the scene learning more. Check back for updates.