Roanoke police identify suspect in shooting that left two dead, one hospitalized

Authorities said he is considered armed and dangerous

Edward L. Denoyer, 25 of Roanoke (Credit: Roanoke Police Department) (WSLS)


The Roanoke Police Department has identified the suspect in the shooting that left two people dead and one hospitalized on Sept. 17.

Police said they’re searching for 25-year-old Edward Denoyer of Roanoke.

Authorities said Denoyer has active warrants for second-degree murder in connection with this investigation, and other charges are pending.

RPD said to call 911 if you know where he may be.

According to police, he is considered armed and dangerous.


The Roanoke City Police Department is investigating a shooting that left two people dead and one hurt.

At about 10:40 p.m., officers were called to the 1200 block of Melrose Avenue for a shots fired report, according to authorities.

Upon arrival, officers located a woman lying outside of the residence and a man inside a parked vehicle, both with what appeared to be critical gunshot wounds. Roanoke Fire-EMS personnel pronounced the two victims dead at the scene.

Another man was also injured in the shooting and was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment of serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, according to Roanoke Police.

Roanoke Police told 10 News that the incident started as a verbal altercation and eventually escalated to a shooting.

No suspects were located on scene and no arrests have been made as this is an ongoing homicide investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 540-344-8500 and share what you know. You can also text the police department at 274637; please begin the text with “RoanokePD” to ensure it’s properly sent. Both calls and texts can remain anonymous.


Roanoke Police arrived at the scene to find two people who had died as a result of a shooting.

We’re told no one is in custody at this time in connection with the incident.

A portion of Melrose Avenue is still blocked off to traffic as officers respond to the scene.

We have a crew headed there now, working for you to learn more.

This comes on the heels of another Roanoke homicide that left one man dead. That shooting happened early Sunday morning in the 800 block of Westside Boulevard Northwest.

This now marks 27 homicides in Roanoke this year.

Stay with 10 News as this breaking news story develops

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