Man expected to survive after being shot by Roanoke police officer

State police say the man started fighting officers

ROANOKE, Va. – State police are trying to figure out what led a Roanoke police officer to shoot a 33-year-old man at a home on Cove Road Wednesday morning. 

There is police tape around a home near Fresno Street, which is close to the Hershberger Road intersection in the Northwest section of the city.

Around 9 a.m., officers went to that home for a domestic disorder call. As the two Roanoke officers were attempting to place the man under arrest, he refused to comply with the officers and began fighting them, according to state police.  

One of the officers then shot the man, who police have not yet named. He had to be taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

State police say neither officer was hurt in the shooting.


At least 15 officers responded to the incident, and many were in unmarked vehicles.

One woman told 10 News she saw police escorting a woman and a toddler out of the house. It's not clear yet if the man who was shot is a resident. 

Neighbors described a chaotic scene as police car after police car sped down the street Wednesday morning.

"It was really kind of crazy to be right here, this close and to see everything and to not know what exactly was going on," said neighbor Abigail Pawelczyk. "Next thing you know the firetruck stopped right out front and I look out and there are cops everywhere."

Many neighbors feel this is a safe area. Witnesses say about 30 minutes after the first officers arrived, backup came.

Police say there’s no history of other domestic-related calls at this address.

It is standard policy for Virginia State Police to investigate cases like this one.