The Kionte Spencer Records

A 2016 shooting of a teenager in Roanoke County carrying a BB gun galvanized community members. No police records have been made public — until now.

Newly released video captures the moment in 2016 when Roanoke County police officers fatally shot 18-year-old Kionte Desean Spencer as he turned toward them holding a broken BB gun.

The shooting has galvanized community members, activists and civil rights groups, which have made periodic calls for an outside investigation and the release of dash-cam video.

No police records have been made public — until now.

In March, Virginia’s General Assembly repealed a 2021 state law that made old police investigative files open to the public. But before the repeal takes effect next month, The Roanoke Rambler requested video, 911 calls and police reports related to the Spencer case. All told, Roanoke County charged The Rambler more than $1,000 for the records.

The video and reports offer the most comprehensive and unvarnished look yet at the local police shooting of a Black high school student that has sparked controversy and prompted criticism.