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43-year-old man charged in connection to fatal Danville shooting arrested

The shooting happened in the Rocklawn Avenue area, police say

The Danville Police Department has charged a 43-year-old man in connection to a fatal Danville shooting. (Danville Police Department)

DANVILLE, Va. – The man charged in connection with a deadly shooting in November is now in custody.

Khaleel Latwain Rodgers, 43, of Ringgold, Virginia, turned himself in on Thursday, January 13, in connection with the shooting of 50-year-old Clarence James Martin Jr. in Danville.

A grand jury indicted Rodgers on charges of first-degree murder and using a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Rodgers was known to authorities as being connected to the shooting as he himself was shot during the incident and had to be hospitalized.


UPDATE

The Danville Police Department has charged a 43-year-old man in connection to a fatal Danville shooting.

Khaleel Latwain Rodgers, 43, has been charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in violation of VA Code 18.2-308.2.

This comes after police were called to the Rocklawn Avenue area for several reports of shots fired nearby on Wednesday night.

Police arrived at the scene to find a man who had been shot. Police say the man, identified as 50-year-old Clarence Martin, was transported to Sovah Medical Center where he later died from his injuries.

As we’ve previously reported, that same night, police were alerted that another man was flown to the hospital at SOVAH Health Danville’s Emergency Room with serious injuries. Police have now determined that this man was indeed 43-year-old Rodgers, who is still recovering from his injuries.

At this time, the hospital has been notified about the felony warrants obtained against Rodgers and he will be transported back to Danville once his condition allows, according to authorities.

To help the local community after this traumatic event, the Danville Police Department will be hosting a H.E.A.R.T. Heal and Engage After Recent Trauma on Rocklawn Avenue Thursday at 4 p.m. This is a collaborative effort with Danville-Pittsylvania County Community Services mental health experts and the services of the trained behavioral health staff will also be readily available.


ORIGINAL STORY

The Danville Police Department is investigating a deadly shooting Wednesday evening.

At about 6:30 p.m., police responded to the Rocklawn Avenue area after multiple reports of shots fired nearby.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found a man with a gunshot wound in the 100 block of Rocklawn Avenue. Police say the man, identified as 50-year-old Clarence Martin, was transported to Sovah Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.

Another person, a 43-year-old Pittsylvania County man, arrived at the same hospital to get treatment for multiple gunshot wounds, according to authorities. He was transported via helicopter for serious injuries; however, it’s not clear where he was transported.

Police said the initial investigation shows that the two men were shot at the same location on Rocklawn Avenue.

Authorities do not believe this was a random act and are currently not looking for any further suspects.

Martin’s body will be transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke for an autopsy.

Anyone with information or neighbors near the place of the shooting who may have surveillance footage are asked to contact the Danville Police Department at 434-799-6510 for the patrol line and 434-799-6508 for investigations.


About the Authors:

Nicole Del Rosario joined WSLS 10 in August 2020.

Jazmine Otey joined the 10 News team in February 2021.