Roanoke Police identifies officers involved in shooting of armed man


The Roanoke Police Department has identified the officers involved in Monday’s officer-involved shooting of an armed man.

The officers involved were identified as:

  • K-9 Officer W. Frosell, nearly nine years of service
  • Officer B. Bailey, just over two years of service

“Any time we use deadly force, it is a tragedy and causes a level of trauma in the community,” said Roanoke Police Chief Scott Booth. “My heart goes out to the family and the impacted neighborhood. Please trust us to ensure that this incident is investigated fully by the Virginia State Police. We remain committed to ensuring an accountable and transparent process.”

RPD’s RESET team will be deploying in the area of where the shooting took place on Friday to provide support and services to residents in the area. Anyone who needs assistance is asked to reach out to our RESET Coordinator at (540) 853-5304.


Virginia State Police is investigating an officer-involved shooting that injured a man in the 600 block of Moorman Avenue NW Monday night.

According to Roanoke Police, officers responded to a call at around 8:05 p.m. for a disorderly individual and located a man armed with a knife. Police said the man was threatening others in the residence.

Two officers confronted the man outside the residence. According to police, the man continued to advance toward the officers while armed with the knife. The officer gave multiple verbal commands to drop the knife, but the man refused and continued to advance toward the officers. We’re told officers then deployed a department-issued taser and a service weapon.

RPD said officers rendered aid to the man on scene before he was transported by Roanoke Fire-EMS to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment.

At this time, the man is listed in stable condition. No officers were injured during the incident, authorities said.

Virginia State Police will investigate the incident. The officers involved will be placed on administrative leave, in accordance with department policy.

We’ll continue to update this breaking news story as we learn more.

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