VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- On Friday morning, Virginia Beach police have once again shut down Nimmo Parkway between General Booth Boulevard and Upton Drive as officers continue a murder investigation.

Police arrested 29-year-old Joseph Vincent Merlino on Wednesday.

Detectives said that Merlino assaulted his estranged wife, Ellie Mizon Tran, 35, in the 1900 block of Stillmeadow Court on February 14 then ran.

Tran died at the hospital.

The search warrant being executed Thursday was at Merlino's home, located in the 1200 block of Warner Hall Drive.

The bomb squad was on scene. Investigators were concerned about items that may be inside the home.

Police said Red Mill Shopping Center customers could enter the shopping center by using the Upton Drive entrance.

PHOTOS: Virginia Beach police serving warrant near Nimmo Parkway