Two dead in Townshend shooting


TOWNSHEND -- A man and woman are dead following a shooting incident Wednesday night at a Grafton Road home in Townshend, Vermont State Police confirmed. The woman who was airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., for treatment of gunshot wounds, died after arrival.

She was wounded in an incident on Wednesday night at a Grafton Road residence, in which a man also died of gunshot wounds, according to the Vermont State Police.

State Police Lt. Mike Manley said there was no ongoing public safety risk following the incident.

Troopers were dispatched at 5:33 p.m. to the home for a report of a disturbance and found a man dead in the backyard, Manley said. A woman on the property was transported first to nearby Grace Cottage Hospital for treatment of her injuries, then was transferred to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.

"(T)he Vermont State Police received a 911 call requesting help from a resident on Grafton Road," according to a report from State Police. "Members from the Brattleboro Barracks responded immediately. While the dispatcher was on the phone with the caller, they heard what they believed to be gunshots. 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."

It was not clear what the relationship between the man and woman was or whether they both resided at the home. Their identities are being withheld, at this time, pending notification of next-of-kin.

At least eight State Police vehicles were on scene as darkness fell, and Manley said more resources were on the way for the investigation. Troopers blocked one lane of Grafton Road in front of the property, which was ringed by yellow crime-scene tape.

Troopers set up a tent behind the one-story white home, as the body had not yet been removed.

"Detectives with the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation were dispatched to investigate the incident," according to a report from Vermont State Police. "The Crime Scene Search Team was also dispatched to process the scene. The male subject will be transported to the Vermont Office of the Chief Medical Examiner's for autopsy to determine the official cause and manner of death."

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