ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. – UPDATE, 7/20, 7 P.M.
A man is facing 14 charges after police said he fired several shots, pushed a gun against someone’s body and tried to fire more shots at a Roanoke County Food Lion on Sunday afternoon, according to the Roanoke County Police Department.
Broderick Jeffery, 35, of Roanoke, is facing the following charges:
- 3 counts - Attempted malicious wounding
- 3 counts - Use of firearm in the commission of a felony
- 3 counts - Assault and battery
- 3 counts - Brandishing of a firearm
- 2 counts - Reckless handling of a firearm
It happened at around 1:45 p.m. at the Food Lion in the 4800 block of Plantation Road in Roanoke County.
Jeffery walked down Plantation Road carrying a gun and fired several shots around randomly, but no one was hit, according to Roanoke County Police.
He continued into Food Lion and started pacing around, asking for help, and then grabbed an employee and pushed the gun against the employee’s body, police said.
Police said the employee heard several clicks, like Jeffery was trying to fire the weapon, but it didn’t discharge.
Two other employees both tried to help and subdue Jeffery, who then pointed the gun at them and unsuccessfully attempted to fire his weapon again, according to police.
Police said Jeffery then left the Food Lion and went out onto Plantation Road again where he met a Roanoke County officer who was just arriving at the scene.
Jeffery dropped his gun when the officer asked him to, but then rushed toward the police car and got in the car on the passenger side. Officers then pulled Jeffery from the car and subdued him, according to police.
Police said an officer realized Jeffery was under the influence of some type of substance so they requested an ambulance to take Jeffery to a hospital.
He was released on Monday evening and taken to the Roanoke County-Salem Jail.
According to the Roanoke County Police Department, a man has been arrested after making several threats to others at Food Lion near Plantation Road.
Police say the suspect was taken into custody around 1:50 p.m.