Girl, 14, shot; 28-year-old boyfriend arrested
Updated: 12:22 p.m.
The Roanoke Times
Police have arrested a 28-year-old man they say shot his 14-year-old girlfriend Wednesday evening in Blacksburg.
Michael Paul Collins was arrested shortly before noon today at an apartment in the Cedar Hill complex, across Blacksburg from the Clayton Estates mobile home park where he is accused of shooting the 14-year-old. Collins was charged with aggravated malicious wounding, a class II felony.
The arrest followed a tense 10-minute or so wait that police thought could develop into a standoff — Collins had come to the apartment door when officers arrived, but then ducked back inside and shut the door. A short time later he emerged peacefully, however.
Blacksburg Police Lt. Bruce Bradbery said he did not know yet who lived in the apartment where Collins was found. It was not Collins' residence, he said.
Bradbery said that at around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Collins arrived at the girl's home and fired several shots at her mother and another family member before wounding the girl. The victim, whose identity has not been released, was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where she is listed in stable condition.