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New details about Roanoke County officer-involved shooting

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New details about Roanoke County officer-involved shooting

New details about Roanoke County officer-involved shooting

WDBJ7's Amanda Kenney spoke with Roanoke County Police Chief Howard Hall and the victim's brother.


New details about Roanoke County officer-involved shooting

County officers are on administrative leave after a teen was shot and killed friday night.

Police say the officers shot the eighteen year old after he refused to put down what they thought was a handgun.

Wdbj7's amanda kenney is here with us tonight.

Amanda, police now know it wasn't actually a hand gun.

That's right jean.

It was a bb pistol that looks very similar to a 9 millimeter handgun.

But this all started when 911 received a call about a black male wearing a bandana and hoodie waving a gun in a parking lot.

It escalated from there.

Today we heard from the roaonke county police chief and we also spoke with a the teen's brother about the incident.

This is a picture of what police say they saw friday night.

18 year old kionte deshaun spencer walking along the area of electric and brambleton road.

That red circle shows what appears to be a gun in his right hand.

But chief howard hall revealed it was actually a bb pistol.

Chief hall: "so you can see in this picture the weapon that our officers saw in the subject's hand and how it compares to the 9mm pistol" chief hall says officers told spencer to put down the gun, but he did not.

So an officer tried and failed to tase him, twice.

That's when spencer turned around, with the gun still in his hand.

Chief hall: this was a deadly force encounter, despite the fact that we know now that this handgun was an air gun then, two of the officers shot at spencer.

Chief hall: the preliminary information from the medical examiner is that he was hit once in the hip area and once in the collarbone or shoulder.

I can't, what, what can happen?

My brother's dead, you know?

I can't do nothing for him but find out.

Carl spencer says kionte is his brother.

He says this doesn't like something his brother would do.

He was a good person like i could honestly, i can't really say nothing bad about him kionte spencer was enrolled as a junior at hidden valley high school school, but was not in school this past week.

There are two investigations into spencer's death, a criminal and administrative investigation.

This happened at a busy intersection, so police are asking witnesses to the shooting to come forward to help with the investigation.

Amanda kenney, wdbj7.

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