November 2017


November 6, 2017

SUSPICIOUS FIRE DEATH RULED HOMICIDE

Roanoke, Va.- The Medical Examiner has determined that the victim's death in the suspicious fire in the 300 block of Westside Boulevard NW on Saturday morning was a homicide. The victim was an adult male.  Detectives are making the needed notifications and the victim's identity will be released after those notifications have been made.  The investigation into the homicide, as well as the joint investigation with Roanoke Fire EMS into the cause of the fire, are both ongoing at this time.  No arrests have been made.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call the RPD tip line at 540-344-8500.

November 9, 2017

ROANOKE POLICE RELEASE DETAILS ON INCIDENT IN 2600 BLOCK OF FAIRFIELD DRIVE NE

Roanoke, Va.- Roanoke  Police confirm that an officer involved shooting took place Wednesday evening,  November 8th, at approximately  10:09 pm at 2622 Fairfield Drive NE. At 10:08 pm, an armed subject call was  aired for the 2622 Fairfield address. Roanoke E-911 advised a loud disorder was  heard in the background during the 911 call. A Roanoke Police Officer, who was  on foot in the immediate area on an unrelated call, heard E-911 announce the  armed subject call, and walked to 2622 Fairfield where he observed two subjects  on the front porch. The subjects were involved in an active disorder as the  officer approached. The male subject was observed with a gun and ordered to drop  the weapon by the responding officer. The male subject did not comply with the  officers demands. The male subject fired a shot and the officer returned fire,  striking the male subject. The officer requested rescue to respond to the scene.  The female involved was not struck and the officer was not injured.

The male was  pronounced dead at the scene. 

In  accordance with department policy, the Virginia State Police were notified and  will be utilized for the criminal investigation of this incident. The officer  involved has been placed on administrative assignment per department policy. The  suspect’s identity will not be released at this time to allow for proper  notifications to be made. The Virginia State Police Public Information Officer, Corinne Geller, will be the media’s point of contact for further inquiries on  the investigation. She can be reached at 804-674-2789. 

November 23, 2017

ROANOKE POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOOTINGS IN 1600 BLOCK OF EASTERN AVENUE AND KENNEDY STREET-LIBERTY ROAD IN NE

Roanoke, Va.- At 11:48 a.m. on November 23, 2017, Roanoke Police were called to the 1600 block of Eastern Avenue NE to investigate a report of a shooting.  Upon arrival officers located one adult male victim.  The victim had apparent gunshot wounds and was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment.  While at the scene, officers developed information that the incident was possibly a home invasion and the victim might have shot one of the suspect(s).  The suspect(s) had left the scene by the time officers arrived.

Approximately 15 minutes later, officers were called to the corner of Kennedy Street NE and Liberty Road NE where an adult male was found with an apparent gunshot wound.  Witnesses told officers two other individuals who were with the adult male ran away before officers got there.  The adult male was found outside a residence at the corner of Kennedy and Liberty Road.  He was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.  The adult male's identity will be released after proper notifications have been made.  

Detectives are investigating to see if both incidents were related or the result of two separate sets of circumstances.  No arrests have been made in either incident.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call the RPD tip line at 540-344-8500.  Callers can choose to remain anonymous.

November 27, 2017

ROANOKE POLICE PROVIDE UPDATE ON EASTERN AVENUE NE HOME INVASION

Roanoke, Va.- The deceased individual found with a gunshot wound on Thanksgiving Day at a residence in the 200 block of Liberty Road has been identified as Morgan Nino Stamper-Dizon, age 19, of Roanoke.  He was pronounced deceased at the hospital on November 23rd.  

The individual who was shot in the 1600 block of Eastern Avenue NE on that same day has been identified as Evgeniy Aleksander Prokopchak, age 20, of Roanoke.  He was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment.  

Detectives and evidence technicians are continuing to analyze physical evidence recovered from the investigations, as well as interviewing potential witnesses to establish a timeline of events.  

The home invasion on Eastern Avenue and Stamper-Dizon's subsequent death are being investigated as potentially being related at this time.  Anyone with information can call the RPD tip line at 540-344-8500.

November 27, 2017 

ROANOKE POLICE INVESTIGATING DEATH ON DELAWARE AVENUE NW

Roanoke, Va.-  
On November 27, 2017 at 7:13 am Roanoke Police were called to the 2400 block of Delaware Avenue NW to investigate a report of a person down.  The individual was found lying in the yard of a residence and was pronounced dead at the scene.  Evidence technicians collected potential physical evidence from the scene.  The body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy.  The individual's identity will be released after proper notifications have been made.  The incident is a death investigation at this time.  Anyone with information can call the RPD tip line at 540-344-8500.

November 28, 2017 

ROANOKE POLICE ASK FOR YOUR HELP IN IDENTIFYING BODY FOUND ON DELAWARE AVENUE NW

Roanoke, Va.-  
Roanoke Police need your help in identifying the body of a homicide victim found on the lawn of a residence in the 2400 block of Delaware Avenue NW on November 27th.  At this point detectives have not been able to positively identify the body.  The male does not match any of the department's current missing persons cases. The male's fingerprints did not match any prints in the state and federal database.  According to the state medical examiner's office the male's cause of death was a gunshot wound and the manner was a homicide.

The male's physical characteristics are outlined below:

-Black male
-5'9" in height
-125 lbs in weight
-Possible age range between mid-teens to early 20s
-No tattoos, scars, or piercings
-Small amount of facial hair on his chin

The male was wearing the following:

-Black hoodie sweatshirt with a Washington Wizards [NBA franchise] logo on it
-Black pullover sweatpants that have the zippers on the cuffs
-Size 8 red Air Jordan shoes

Anyone with information that might help detectives identify the deceased male should call our tip line at 540-344-8500.  Callers can choose to remain anonymous.  The investigation is ongoing.