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November 20, 2016

Situation in Saxtons River

On 11/20/16 at 0308 hours, the Vermont State Police received numerous phone calls from residents that lived on River Street in Saxtons River. They advised of numerous gunshots coming from that area. The State Police immediately responded with multiple units and when they arrived, they heard gunshots as well. A perimeter was formed and it was learned that a male subject who lived on River Street may have been dealing with mental health issues. Troopers reported more gunshots and several rounds were heard impacting houses nearby and in the area of the Troopers. Attempts at contact with this male were unsuccessful and information was developed that a female may also be in the residence where this male was suspected at being.


The Vermont State Police Crisis Negotiation Unit and Tactical Services Unit were dispatched and arrived on scene. A Member of the CNU made contact with the subject, identified as Anthony Smith , 53 years old. He surrendered to Troopers without incident.


Evidence at the scene reveals that Smith shot numerous houses and also evidence was located inside his residence to indicate he discharged rounds within the house.


The Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations is taking over this investigation and a more detailed press release will come out soon.


LT. Tim Oliver