Gunshot wound to abdomen is cause of death of man shot by police

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) - UPDATE: The Roanoke Medical Examiner's Office says a man shot by police last week sustained a gunshot wound to the abdomen, which is the official cause of death.

Chase Austin photo courtesy Virginia State Police

Not released so far is how many times he was shot or whether he was shot elsewhere on his body. There is also no word yet regarding when results of a toxicology report will be available.

ORIGINAL STORY: Virginia State Police confirm the name of the man killed in Wednesday's officer-involved shooting in the city of Roanoke was 28-year-old Chase Austin of Vinton, shot by a Roanoke City Police officer. He died that night.

The incident began when Roanoke Police got a trespassing call from a Krispy Kreme restaurant that a man who had been banned from the store was on the property and refused to leave. According to Virginia State Police, who are investigating the shooting, an officer began to speak with the man, now identified as Austin, who became confrontational and pointed a black semi-automatic pistol at the officer.

This has been confirmed on both bodycam video, and from the officer's report.

The officer fired his gun, hitting Austin, who then ran off. The officer chased him and took him into custody a short distance away. No officers were hurt during the incident.

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Austin was taken with life-threatening injuries to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where he died. State Police say Austin was wanted on several charges and was in possession of a gun stolen from a vehicle in the City of Roanoke.

In accordance with Roanoke Police Department policy, the officer who fired the shot has been placed on administrative leave until the investigation has been completed. Upon the completion of the investigation, Virginia State Police will produce the findings of the investigation to the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office in the City of Roanoke.

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Photo of Chase Austin (upper right) with family courtesy Lori Farrell
Chase Austin photo courtesy Virginia State Police