State Police reveal names in Townshend murder/suicide


TOWNSHEND -- Detectives with the Vermont State Police are still investigating the circumstances that led to the deaths of two residents of a home on Grafton Road Wednesday night, but they have concluded that 26-year-old Shane Brodeur shot 20-year-old Katelyn McFadden before killing himself.

When the State Police arrived at 1059 Grafton Road at just before 6 p.m. on Wednesday, McFadden was still alive. She was flown to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., where she later died.

According to the State Police, McFadden and Brodeur were in a relationship and lived together at the Grafton Road home.

The autopsy, which was conducted by the Chief Medical Examiner's Office in Concord, N.H., found that McFadden received a gunshot wound to the head and a second gunshot injury to the neck. The cause of death was determined to be a gunshot wound to the head.

The autopsy of Brodeur revealed he died of a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. His autopsy was conducted by the Chief Medical Examiner in Burlington.

The Vermont State Police stated that shortly before the shootings, Brodeur made a 911 call to police, requesting assistance at the residence concerning disagreements between himself and McFadden. Just moments before troopers arrived on the scene, Brodeur shot McFadden and then killed himself, according to a press release.

"While the dispatcher was on the phone with the caller, they heard what they believed to be gunshots," stated a press release issued late Wednesday night. "The call then ended abruptly by the caller. Upon arrival, troopers found a male subject deceased outside the residence of an apparent gunshot wound. And a female was located unresponsive inside the residence of an apparent gunshot wound."

McFadden was first transported to Grace Cottage Hospital before being airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

At the scene on Wednesday night, State Police Lt. Mike Manley told the media there was no ongoing public safety risk following the incident. Detectives with the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation were dispatched to investigate the incident and were assisted by the Crime Scene Search Team.

Mike Faher can be reached at or 802-254-2311, ext. 275. Follow him on Twitter @MikeReformer. Bob Audette can be reached at, or at 802-254-2311, ext. 160. Follow Bob on Twitter @audette.reformer.


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