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Homicide Under Investigation in the City of Martinsville

Press Release from the City of Martinsville Police Department:

June 28, 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Martinsville Police Investigate Homicide at Apartment Complex Martinsville, VA- On Sunday, June 27th at approximately 8:32pm, Martinsville Police Officers responded to a call of gun shots fired on the property of 1446 West Fayette Street (Maplewood Apartments). When the officers arrived, they found Charles Brandon Coleman laying behind one of the apartment buildings. Mr. Coleman had multiple gunshots wounds was unresponsive and pronounced dead at the scene. Charles Brandon Coleman of Martinsville was 31 years old. His body has been transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke for evidence collection and to determine official cause of death. Preliminary reports and evidence indicated that Mr. Coleman was involved in a verbal argument with black male which turned into a physical fight. During which time the black male produced a handgun and began shooting at Mr. Coleman, resulting in his injuries. Several investigators are continuing to gather evidence and track down leads received from the public. Anyone having information is encouraged to contact Lt. Sandy Hines at (276) 403-5301 or our Crime Stoppers line at (276) 632-7463.

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