Suspect arrested in Nov. 17 fatal shooting in Franklin

Published 5:59 pm Thursday, December 9, 2021

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Franklin Police have arrested a suspect in the Nov. 17 shootings in Franklin that left one dead and another injured.

Kevin Megal Rooks

In a press release, the Franklin Police Department reported that Thursday, Dec. 9, some of its detectives, assisted by the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office and agents of the Meherrin Drug Task Force, arrested Kevin Megal Rooks, a 26-year-old Franklin resident, in connection with the shootings.

Rooks is being charged with second-degree murder, malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Rooks was taken into custody and is being held without bail at Western Tidewater Regional Jail.

Franklin Police reported in a Nov. 18 press release that on Nov. 17 at 7:07 p.m., the Franklin Emergency Communications Center received a call in the 300 block of Forest Pine Road in reference to shots fired. Officers from the FPD arrived on scene and found an adult male victim suffering from a gunshot wound. Those officers began to provide first aid until Franklin Fire and Rescue could arrive on scene. That victim was flown to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. 

Officers entered a residence identified as the location of the incident and discovered a second victim deceased from a gunshot wound, the release continued. That victim was identified as Tazman Banks, 18. 

Anyone who has information about this crime is asked to call Franklin Police at 757-562-8575, Franklin Crime Solvers at 757-516-7100 or contact Franklin Police online at Information that leads to an arrest can earn the caller a cash reward while remaining anonymous.