UPDATE: Two arrested in connection to Monday night shooting in Rocky Mount

Published: Jun. 17, 2019 at 8:45 PM EDT
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Rocky Mount Police have arrested two individuals in connection with Monday's shooting of 26-year-old Tony Bruce. According to the assistant town manager, this is the first adult homicide in Rocky Mount in over 20 years.

Bruce was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital but he could not be revived.

Rocky Mount Police investigators interviewed potential witnesses, gathered evidence and executed search warrants at 112 Bland Street overnight. They worked with adjoining jurisdictions to locate the individuals.

The suspects were arrested in the Axton community of Henry County Tuesday morning.

“This is the first adult homicide we’ve had in Rocky Mount since I’ve been chief of police, and the first in Rocky Mount in over 20 years,” said Rocky Mount Police Chief Ken Criner. “Our preliminary investigation suggests this situation involves persons known to each other, and there is no reason to believe there is an ongoing threat to the public.”

An autopsy will be performed on the victim Tuesday at the Western Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke.


Family confirms to WDBJ7 that 26-year-old Tony Dimitri Bruce was shot and killed outside his home Monday night.

Dante Long, the man's uncle, said Bruce was not married but leaves behind two kids.

Police are still looking for the suspect.


Police are still investigating a shooting at a home in Rocky Mount. It happened in the 100 block of Bland Street.

It was a race against time for law enforcement as they worked to gather all the evidence before it was damaged or washed away by the rain.

"They've been working as quickly as they can to gather all the evidence that they can, preserve any evidence, any fingerprints or anything else that might be a part of this investigation," Matthew Hankins, the assistant town manager, said. "But it's difficult when it's raining like this on you."

Despite the rain and the rush to work quickly, the town manager said police would stay on scene until everything is done right.

"Collecting all the evidence, making sure everything is done according to standard collection procedure," Hankins said.

He added that shootings like this don't happen often in the area.

"Doesn't happen often in Rocky Mount. I've worked for the town for twelve years now and I can't recall maybe one or two incidents that were similar."


Rocky Mount Police are on the scene of a shooting on Bland Street which resulted in one male victim being taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, officials say. There does not appear to be an ongoing danger to the public.

No word on the state of the victim.

The call reporting the incident came into police at around 7:40 pm. Details still developing.

This is a developing story. Stay with WDBJ7 for updates.