07/14/2009

Police chief defends Va. officers in shooting

By Amanda Codispoti
Roanoke Times

ROANOKE, Va. — Roanoke police were called to Robert Douglas Mattox's apartment three times Sunday before they shot him during a fourth call when he came at them with a knife, police Chief Joe Gaskins said Monday.

Mattox, 51, was in critical condition Monday, said Allie Buth, a spokeswoman for Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. A previous newspaper report spelled his last name as Maddox.

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