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October 8, 2019

Suspected homicide reported in Salisbury as investigation into Rutland officer-involved shooting continues


Suspected homicide reported in Salisbury as investigation into Rutland officer-involved shooting continues

RUTLAND, Vermont (Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019) — As the investigation continues into the officer-involved shooting in Rutland, the Vermont State Police learned that a man's body had been discovered off of Vermont Route 53, also known as Lake Dunmore Road, in Salisbury.

Police are investigating the death as a possible homicide, along with potential links to the subsequent shooting at the Rutland Police Department and the events that transpired afterward in a parking lot off Evelyn Street near the railroad tracks downtown.

Investigators do not believe there is any danger to the public. 

The man killed in the police-involved shooting is identified as Christopher G. Louras, 33, of Rutland.

The name of the man found in Salisbury will be released following notification of next of kin and further investigation.

Per protocol, the Rutland City and Rutland Town police officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave. Their names are expected to be released Wednesday, Oct. 9. Once complete, the Vermont State Police investigation into the officer-involved shooting will be turned over to the Attorney General's Office and the Rutland County State's Attorney's Office for independent reviews of the use of force.

Police ask that anyone with information about these incidents call the Vermont State Police in Rutland at 802-773-9101.

A media briefing will be held shortly after 4 p.m. at the north end of the parking lot off Evelyn Street in Rutland, near the Vermont State Police vehicles.

More details will be released when available.

***Initial news release, 9:35 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019***
The Vermont State Police are investigating an incident in which Rutland City and Rutland Town police officers shot and killed a suspect Tuesday morning, Oct. 8, 2019.

Preliminary investigation indicates the suspect drove by the Rutland City Police Department at about 5:30 a.m. and fired a gun multiple times into the front entrance of the building. No one was injured. Shortly before 7 a.m., the vehicle was located, and a pursuit ensued, which culminated with an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and police. The suspect was struck and injured, then transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. No officers or civilians were hurt.

The Vermont State Police is responding to investigate the officer-involved shooting, per protocol. Members of the Field Force Division, Major Crime Unit, Bureau of Criminal Investigations and the Crime Scene Search Team are involved.

The investigation into this incident is in its earliest stages, and no further information is available. The state police ask members of the public who have information about what occurred, including any photos and video that may be relevant, to contact the Vermont State Police in Rutland at 802-773-9101.

More information will be released when available.

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