Supermarket Shooting In Virginia Likely A Case Of Self-Defense


ROANOKE, VIRGINIA — A physical altercation outside a Roanoke grocery store that led to a shooting of one of the involved persons may have been a case of self defense.

The incident occurred Feb. 4th at a Food Lion on Peters Creek Road in northwest Roanoke, according to WDBJ.

The incident started as an altercation in which one of the involved persons punched another person.

That person produced a gun and fired at the man, striking him and a woman. Both were hospitalized. The woman’s injuries were reported as non life-threatening; the man was listed in serious condition.

Roanoke City’s commonwealth attorney Donald Caldwell stated that further investigation, including review of video surveillance footage will fully determine if the shooting was indeed an act of self defense.

Caldwell also stated that the man that started the altercation may face assault charges.


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Robert Nixon is a retired law enforcement officer whose career spanned thirty years in various assignments, to include the rank of chief. He is the owner of AO Training Solutions LLC, specializing in open enrollment defensive handgun and trauma first aid training.

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