Wardsboro shooter's property searched

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WARDSBORO >> Prior to a confrontation between two men that resulted in one of them being shot to death, police had been called several times to Gilfeather Road "to intervene."

A search warrant that was issued following the Oct. 18 incident shed some light on how and why Kirby Staib, 42, was shot and killed by Kevin Parker, 57, at just past 4 p.m.

"Parker advised tonight while walking he observed Kirby with a shovel," wrote Vermont State Police Detective Sgt. Richard Holden, who spoke with Parker during a recorded 911 call before law enforcement arrived on the scene. "A verbal argument ensued and Kirby pulled out a black semi-automatic handgun and pointed it at him. Parker advised he was armed with a 'ranch rifle' mini 14 so he shot him."

Parker told investigators he and Staib were "having issues concerning property boundaries," stated the search warrant. "Some of these issues were confrontational and the police were called several times to intervene."

Parker said he called 911 immediately after the shooting. He told investigators he carries the rifle because of problems with coyotes.

"Parker advised he and Kirby were alone at the time of the incident," Holden wrote. "Parker was emotional but cooperated during the entire phone call. While speaking with Parker, I was advised that troopers arrived at his residence. Troopers requested that Parker walk outside. Parker complied and he was taken into custody without incident."

Parker was questioned and then released. No charges have yet been filed.

"The investigation is ongoing and I am continuing to consult with the detectives with the Vermont State police," Tracy Shriver, Windham County State's Attorney, told the Reformer.

Parker told investigators he thought Staib fired at him first but was uncertain, and that he was unsure how many times he shot back.

A neighbor, who heard Staib's girlfriend screaming after she found him, told police she checked Staib for a pulse but did not feel one. She said a small gray and black firearm was lying next to Staib on the ground.

When troopers arrived, they found a Bersa Thunder .380 handgun next to Staib's body. They also found five .223 cartridge casings and four .380 cartridges.

During a search of Parker's home at 600 Gilfeather Road, troopers discovered a Strum Ruger .223 Ranch Rifle with a magazine and 11 cartridges, and 1,971 .223 cartridges.

The search warrant was requested to uncover "Evidence of the commission of a crime, specifically second degree murder ..."

Call Chris Mays at 802-254-2311, ext. 273. Reformer staffer Bob Audette contributed to this story.


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