A shooting in Rocky Mount has left one man dead and lead to the arrest of two suspects connected to the homicide.

According to the Rocky Mount Police Department, officers were dispatched to calls of shots fired in the 100 block of Bland Street in Rocky Mount at approximately 7:40 p.m. Monday. Officers found the victim, Tony Dimitri Bruce, 26, of 112 Bland Street, suffering from a gunshot wound.

Bruce was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.

Evidence and witness accounts led investigators to develop suspects, who were later 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 at the Western Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke.

“Our officers and investigators have performed outstanding work in investigating this crime against our community,” Criner said. “Many of them have been working for over 24 hours now as we work toward justice in this case.”

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone who witnessed the crime or who may have information relevant to the case should call Sgt. S.E. Richardson at the Rocky Mount Police Department at (540) 483-9275.

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