Roanoke man wanted on murder charges arrested in South Dakota

The incident happened back in mid-September

Edward L. Denoyer, 25 of Roanoke (Credit: Clay County Sheriff's Office) (WSLS)

ROANOKE, Va.UPDATE (Oct. 18)

The man wanted for a double homicide in Roanoke was taken into custody in Vermillion, South Dakota on October 18, according to the Roanoke Police Department.

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Jail records show Denoyer was arrested on Oct. 18 after a warrant was issued for his arrest in connection with the Melrose Avenue double homicide back on Sept. 17.

As we reported previously, the incident happened in the 1200 block of Melrose Avenue. Responding 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.

Throughout the course of the investigation, RPD identified Denoyer as the main suspect.

The U.S. Marshals Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force announced a $3,000 reward in early October for any information that led to his arrest.

Denoyer is now being held in the Clay County Jail in South Dakota awaiting extradition, according to RPD.

“We would like to thank the U.S. Marshals Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force for their diligent work locating Denoyer. Additional thanks to personnel from the U.S. Marshals Service – District of South Dakota, the Division of Criminal Investigation – South Dakota, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, the South Dakota Highway Patrol SWAT, Vermillion Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for their work on this investigation. We are grateful to all of our local, state, and federal partners who work with us to keep Roanoke safe,” the Roanoke Police Department said in a release.

Police say the investigation is ongoing.


UPDATE (Oct. 4)

The U.S. Marshals Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force is now offering a $3,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest of Edward Denoyer, according to Roanoke Police.

Police say you can call 911 if you have any information.


UPDATE (Oct. 3)

The Roanoke Police Department has added new charges in this case.

We’re told 25-year-old Edward Denoyer of Roanoke has now been charged with the following:

  • Two counts of first-degree murder,
  • One count of malicious wounding,
  • Three counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony

Police are still searching for Denoyer.

Anyone with information about the incident or his location is asked to call 911.


UPDATE

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.


ORIGINAL STORY

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.


ORIGINAL STORY

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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