Salem homicide suspect in custody in Montgomery County

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and Christiansburg Police Department received information this morning that Mark Allen Bell, a suspect in a Salem homicide earlier this week, was located in a motel room at the Days Inn on Roanoke Street in Christinsburg. 

Bell is wanted in connection to yesterday's shooting at the GoMart convenience store on West Main Street in Salem. 

Law enforcement arrived at the Days Inn this morning at 1:24 a.m. and evacuated the motel guests into the lobby.  Authorities from Montgomery County, Christiansburg, Blacksburg, Virginia State Police, Salem and Roanoke County were on scene.

Officers made contact with Bell and a female inside the room and both surrendered without incident at 4:09 a.m.  Immediately after, the evacuation was lifted and motel guests were able to return to their rooms. 

Bell, 32, of Roanoke, and Lauren June Leffler, 27, of Bedford, are in custody at the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office. 

This is an on-going investigation. 


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