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February 22, 2017

VSP Press Release Incident

VSP Press Release-Incident

STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE

PRESS RELEASE
       
CASE#:17A500764
                         
STATION: Derby Barracks                  
CONTACT#: 802-309-9338

DATE/TIME: 02-22-17  09:40
LOCATION: 2876 Vt Route 105 Derby, VT




VICTIM: Burton Lawson
AGE: 41
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE:  Derby, Vermont

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:
On 2-22-17 at approximately 0940 hrs Burton Lawson telephoned the Vermont State
Police and advised that he was at his residence and was going to take his own
life with a rifle.  Troopers from the Derby Barracks as well as the Orleans
county Sheriff's department and a DMV officer responded to the residence and set
up a perimeter around the residence. Mr. Lawson was alone in the residence.
Vermont Route 105 was blocked off and traffic was detoured around the location
for approximately 3.5 hours.

Troopers made Telephone contact with Mr. Lawson and after a 3.5 hour period,
troopers heard a single gunshot.  Entry was made by Troopers into the residence
and found Mr. Lawson deceased with a self inflicted gunshot wound.

Mr. Lawson had not made any threats towards Law Enforcement or to anyone else.