Police respond to report of armed man in Vernon home; neighbors evacuated

VERNON — Police have secured the area around a home in Vernon and evacuated its neighbors after receiving a report that a man with a rifle had entered a residence.

The Windham County Sheriff's Office, in a news release, said they received a 911 call from a Vernon residence stating that a man with a rifle had entered a residence on Vernon Estates Drive.

According to the release, the caller told police that when he entered the home he shares with his elderly father, his father motioned for him to stay out because there was a man with the gun in the house.

The Windham County Sheriff's Office and Vermont State Police secured a perimeter around the property and evacuated surrounding residents. Police were still on the scene as of Monday morning, while the evacuated residents were directed to seek shelter at the Vernon Fire Department, police said.

Nathan and Janice Chase, residents of Vernon Estates, arrived at the Vernon Fire Department around 12:15 a.m. They told the Reformer they were woken up by members of the sheriff's department.

"I came out of the house and noticed three or four [police officers] running around the house when we left," Nathan Chase said.

Another Vernon resident, who wished to remain anonymous, was also seeking shelter at the fire department.

"We were sleeping. When the sheriff pounded on the door and told us to evacuate immediately, we got up and left. There was a lot of state troopers and sheriffs parked on our lawn, but couldn't see what was happening, we just left as soon as we could," the resident said. "We were scared, but we practiced a drill doing this before, so we knew what to do."

The Vernon Fire Department assisted by closing Newton Road to traffic, and the Brattleboro Police Department also assisted, the release said.


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