VSP Identifies Troopers Involved in Officer-Involved Shooting Friday Morning

POULTNEY, Vt. - Vermont State Police has identified the five troopers who discharged their weapons during a fatal officer involved shooting in Poultney Friday morning.

Police say Sgt. Lyle Decker, Trooper Matthew Cannon, Trooper Eric Vitali, Trooper Christopher Brown and Trooper Michael Anderson were at a Finel Hollow Road home during a standoff that ended with the death of Michael Battles.

















“This process is extremely tedious in part due to multiple rounds having been fired from multiple officers that were involved,” Mjr. Glenn Hall of Vermont State Police wrote in a press release Saturday.

Investigators say, on Wednesday, the Rutland County Sheriff’s Office went to a reported domestic complaint at the Poultney residence where a woman said Battles, 32, had assaulted her and threatened to kill her. 

Police say the victim left the home on foot and claim Battles assaulted her in the neighbor’s yard.

According to police, a witness saw the altercation outside.

When a Vermont State Police trooper responded, police say Battles began yelling at the officers from a second story window and refused to come down.

Police say a perimeter was established and Rutland County Sheriff’s Department, Vermont State Police, Castleton Police, and Fair Haven Police came to assist. 

At around 11 p.m. Vermont State Police Tactical Services Unit, along with members of the Crisis Negotiation Unit took over.

According to police, Battles would not leave the home.  A judge signed a search warrant just after midnight as well an arrest warrant on a charge of aggravated assault.

Police say just after 2 a.m. Battles was seen holding a silver revolver and they claim it was pointed it at the troopers. 

According to the VSP media release, Battles was shot by the five troopers – all members of the Tactical Services Unit.

All five troopers are on currently on paid administrative leave.

Before Battles’ body was removed from the scene, detectives found a silver colored revolver from his right hand and a black colored handgun from a holster on his belt. Both were determined to be BB guns.

Full Disclosure: An employee of Local 22 & Local 44 is related to one of the trooper's involved.

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