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The original item was published from 10/18/2018 2:10:31 PM to 10/26/2018 12:00:09 AM.
Posted on: October 18, 2018
[ARCHIVED] Investigation Continues into Eden Avenue Shooting
On October 16, 2018 at approximately 7:39 p.m., Roanoke
County Police officers responded to the 5200 block of Eden Avenue for reports of shots being fired. After
arriving, officers located two victims with gunshot wounds. Russell Edghill, 66, and his wife Lynda
Edghill, 60, were quickly moved to safety by the first responding officers. Mr. Edghill was found to be
deceased from a gunshot wound. Officers rendered immediate first aid to Mrs. Edghill until Roanoke
County Fire & Rescue arrived and took over. She was then transported to a local hospital. Officers set up
a perimeter in the immediate area and Roanoke County Police SWAT was called to the scene and
eventually located the suspect, identified as Harry Overstreet, 58, deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot
wound. The Edghills and Overstreet were neighbors in the 5200 block of Eden Avenue. Police are still
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investigating the circumstances leading up to the shooting.
Police had initially responded to the area at approximately 7:04 p.m. when several residents called
advising of a dog running at large. Contact was made with another occupant of the Edghill’s home who
was walking down the street from the residence and able to secure the dog. Police did not observe any
adverse interaction between the Edghills and Overstreet at this time. It does not appear that Overstreet
was one of the callers who reported the dog at large.
Roanoke County Police records show numerous calls for service over the past 10 years related to the
Edghill and Overstreet residences regarding dogs barking or running at large. In each instance, the
respective homeowner had taken care of the issue before arrival or at the request of Police.