UPDATE: Suspicious package at Medical Examiner's Office found on officer's body


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    UPDATE: 7/18/16 - 8:15 p.m.

    State Police say the suspicious package found at the medical examiner's office was found on Officer Tyne's body after he was taken there. The office was evacuated after it was found Thursday.

    Police say the wad of duct tape was found on his ballistic vest and they say he had asked for a new vest before killing himself at the Roanoke Police Department Wednesday morning.

    UPDATE: 7/28/16 - 2:25 p.m.

    Roanoke police released new information about the officer they say committed suicide at the police department.

    They say it's Najee Anthony Tynes, 29, of Roanoke.

    Police said they found him in a restroom in the department around 6:30 Wednesday night.

    Tynes had been with Roanoke police since 2011.

    Right now a review is underway.

    Read the full statement from Roanoke police below:

    "It is with deep sadness that the Roanoke Police Department announces the death of Najee Anthony Tynes, age 29, of Roanoke. Tynes was found deceased at 6:29 p.m. last night in a restroom in the Police Department located at

    348 Campbell Avenue S.W. Officer Tynes died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Officer Tynes had been employed by the Roanoke Police Department since August 30, 2011. An internal review of the circumstances is currently being conducted. Peer support personnel were called in to be on hand at the department last night and into Thursday. Peer support personnel are available to assist officers, staff, and dispatchers at the

    E-911 center. Employees also have options through the City of Roanoke's Employee Assistance Program. Badges will be shrouded through sundown on the day of burial. Arrangements are pending."

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    ROANOKE, Va. (WSET) -- The body of a Roanoke city police officer was found inside the police department Wednesday night.

    Police say the officer died from an apparent, self-inflicted gunshot wound inside the building around 6:30 p.m.

    The officer's name will not be released at this time until proper notifications have been made.

    The investigation is ongoing at this time.

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