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VPD makes arrest for weapons violation

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VALDOSTA – Valdosta Police Officers made an arrest for weapons violation during a call on a domestic dispute report.


On July 13, 2022, at approximately 3:20 pm., Valdosta Police Officers responded to a reported domestic dispute involving a firearm at a residence in the 1800 block of Chestnut Drive. As officers were responding to the scene, they were told that the offender, later identified as Roscoe Coates, was wearing a white shirt and possessed a firearm. Upon their arrival, officers found Coates sitting in a vehicle. Officers gave Coates several verbal commands to exit the vehicle. Coates exited the vehicle, but then re-entered the vehicle and attempted to drive away.

When Coates stopped, officers continued to give verbal commands for him to exit the vehicle. When Coates exited the vehicle the second time, officers detained him without incident. Upon searching the area, officers found a handgun underneath Coates’ vehicle. Through investigation, officers determined that Coates had been in a verbal argument with the residents of the house. During the argument Coates was holding a handgun when he made threats of bodily harm towards the residents.

Coates was arrested and transported to Lowndes County Jail on the following charges:
· Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon-felony;
· Terroristic threats-felony;
· Tampering with evidence-felony; and
· Obstruction of an officer-misdemeanor.
“I am proud of the work of our officers, who showed great patience and verbal techniques, to ensure this offender was taken into custody without incident and recovered the firearm.” Said Chief Leslie Manahan.