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Fugitive in Roanoke shootout is arrested after police chase, long standoff

Fugitive in Roanoke shootout is arrested after police chase, long standoff


A Roanoke man recently wanted by police was taken into custody Thursday, but only after a short pursuit and a lengthy standoff.

David Hunter Wills, 25, was indicted this month on charges related to an Oct. 25 exchange of gunfire near the Days Inn on Orange Avenue.

David Hunter Wills


Police said they located Wills on Thursday, alone in a vehicle in the 2000 block of Tinker Drive, but he drove away when he was approached, so officers went after him, according to a news release.

Just over a mile to the west, Wills’ vehicle was disabled through a “pursuit intervention device” which flattened his tires near the intersection of Hollins and Mason Mill roads, the release said. That is near East Gate Park in northeast Roanoke.

Police said Wills refused to get out of his vehicle, prompting a standoff that lasted several hours.

A tactical response team arrived and negotiators spoke with Wills, according to the release. It said he eventually gave up “several weapons in his possession” and surrendered to police.

Wills is charged with attempted murder, attempted malicious wounding and shooting into an occupied dwelling, and using and possessing a firearm as a felon, as well as earlier and unrelated drug offenses, according to Roanoke City Jail records. Police said he is wanted on charges in at least one other jurisdiction as well.

A second man, Justin Thomas Meade, 23, was also indicted by this month’s grand jury in that Oct. 25 shootout, but Meade was taken into custody soon after he was charged.

Contact Neil Harvey at or 981-3376. On Twitter @newsharvey.

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