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Roanoke man accused of fatally shooting 16-year-old found not guilty

He was found not guilty on all four felony charges, including first-degree murder

The Roanoke man charged with fatally shooting a local high school student in 2019 has been found not guilty on all four felony charges, according to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Andrew Stephens. (10 News)

ROANOKE, Va. – The Roanoke man charged with fatally shooting a local high school student in 2019 has been found not guilty on all four felony charges, according to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Andrew Stephens.

On May 31, 2019, Demarcus Glenn was arrested after 16-year-old Tyler Polumbo was shot and killed in Southwest Roanoke. The incident happened in the 2100 block of Denniston Avenue SW, near Grandin Village. Roanoke City Public Schools told 10 News that Tyler was a student at Patrick Henry High School.

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Search warrants in the investigation into the deadly shooting indicated that before the shooting, Tyler had been in contact with Glenn.

At the time of his arrest, Glenn admitted to shooting Polumbo, but said he acted in self-defense after Polumbo pulled a gun and attempted to rob him of drugs.

Eleven days after the shooting, Glenn was arrested and charged with the following four felonies:

  • First-degree murder
  • Two counts of using a firearm to commit a felony
  • One count of attempted armed robbery

However, on Wednesday, Oct. 20, a jury found Glenn not guilty on all charges.


About the Author:

Jazmine Otey joined the 10 News team in February 2021.