Roanoke City Police say a suspect is in custody after a lockdown at Virginia Western Community College.
In a news release, they say officers went to Clinton Avenue in southeast Roanoke at 10:48 a.m. There, a woman said that her husband was suffering from "possible mental issues," but was not at home. Additional information given to the police indicated that the man may have been headed to Virginia Western, and the wife said her husband was "angry at the governor," according to the release. There was also reason to believe he may have a firearm. Officers contacted Virginia Western, and put out a lookout for the man.
At 11:36, the man was taken into custody, and taken for a medical and mental evaluation. He was unarmed when police found him. The news release says no threat to staff or students at the school was found.
According to Virginia Western Community College spokesman Josh Meyer, "Roanoke City Police responded to a potential threat to the college. They have told Virginia Western Police the suspect is in custody and we are all safe."
Roanoke City Police are investigating.
Virginia Western has just tweeted, "Thank you for following lockdown procedure. Campus is safe. There will be updates later on the security issue."
According to Roanoke City Schools spokesman Justin McLeod, James Madison Middle and Fishburn Middle were in Shelter in Place mode for a short period of time. This allowed for normal activities. It has been lifted.
According to Virginia Western Community College spokesman Josh Meyer, the school has been on lockdown since approximately 11:25 a.m.
He says it's an "evolving situation." We have a crew on the way and will update you when we know more.
The school has issued a text message saying, "There is a potentially evolving security incident. Stay in lockdown until further notice."