WARDSBORO >> Multiple gun shots were fired by a local man, which led to the confiscation of more than a pound of marijuana and the discovery of a growing operation.
On Thursday, Oct. 29, Chet L. Woodruff, 28 of Wardsboro, fired multiple gunshots while another resident and a 3-year-old were on the property. The other resident reported the incident to the Windham County Sheriff's Office in Newfane after confiding in Woodruff's mother.
According to a Vermont State Police affidavit, the alleged victim described that this event was related to Woodruff's "deteriorating mental health." The complainant also stated that for 10 years Woodruff has been struggling with depression, anxiety and agoraphobia and has not been taking his prescribed medication.
Trooper Max Trenosky wrote in his affidavit he has probable cause to believe that Woodruff has committed the offense of domestic assault, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, and felony possession of marijuana.
According to the affidavit, the complainant made a statement to Woodruff, which "triggered something inside of Chet." The alleged victim exited the house with the 3-year-old and heard one gunshot go off. The alleged victim said they knew it was gunfire because they have been around guns and share 16 of them with Woodruff.
Woodruff then stepped onto the porch and the complainant said that they heard and saw multiple rounds being fired from the weapon.
"It was out of a horror movie" the alleged victim told Vermont State Police Sergeant Frank LaBombard. The alleged victim's fear grew as they felt that Woodruff would harm them after reporting to the police.
The affidavit stated,"Considering the location of their residence, which is located near the roadway, Chet put the motoring public in danger as he spent multiple rounds outside." Woodruff's danger to the community continued as he entered into a vehicle at his property and drove onto Route 100 south toward Dover.
Trooper Travis Valcourt conducted a traffic stop on a Dodge Durango being operated by Woodruff he was taken into custody without incident.
A warrant was granted and executed at the residence to further substantiate the criminal offenses reported. During the search, Sgt. Christopher Buckley located three spent shell casing on or near the front porch of the residence. In addition he took possession of 11 firearms and a felony amount of marijuana. Twelve separate zip lock bags totaled 27.98 ounces, which was dried, processed and ready for consumption.
This processed marijuana was tested using a test kit and revealed a positive result of THC, an active agent in marijuana. The marijuana was processed and forwarded to the Vermont Forensic Laboratory for further testing.
In addition to the felony amount of marijuana, a room inside the home was set up as growing operation, that according to the affidavit, "seemed to be failing."
Woodruff was released with a number of conditions including: He must appear in court when told; he must give his attorney or the court clerk his address and phone number and notify them immediately if said information changes; he must not buy, have or use any firearms or dangerous/deadly weapons; he must not abuse or harass the alleged victim in any way regardless if he is in jail or released; he may be arrested without a warrant if he does not abide by these conditions; and he shall not reside at the residence and will not go there without advanced permission from the alleged victim.
Maddi Shaw can be reached at (802) 254-2311 x 275