Alleged kidnapper shot to death by police in Tunbridge

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The search for an armed and dangerous man ended early Sunday when police mortally wounded the suspect outside a Tunbridge home where he had been holding a woman hostage.

Jeremy Potwin, 39, was on the run from Vermont State Police who sought the Bethel man for questioning in two cases, including an aggravated assault and kidnapping May 9 in Braintree. He was also being sought for questioning in connection to a series of arson fires in Tunbridge.

On Saturday, police tracked Potwin to the home of a woman he knew. Police say during “protracted” negotiations, Potwin refused to surrender and fired multiple shots from the house.

After several hours, Potwin emerged from the home holding the woman and two handguns. Police say two troopers fired when Potwin pointed a weapon at officers with the state’s Tactical Services Unit.  

Potwin was pronounced dead at Gifford Medical Center in Randolph. The woman was taken taken to the hospital for evaluation. No police officers were injured

Vermont State Police identified the trooper as members of the Tactical Services Unit:

  • Sgt. Matthew Tarricone of the St. Johnsbury Barracks. He joined the state police in January 2012 and was promoted to sergeant in July 2017.
  • Trooper Neil Carey, who is assigned to VSP Headquarters, Special Investigations. He was hired in January 2014 and assigned as a trooper to the Williston Barracks before transferring to Special Investigations in 2016.

The trooper have been placed on adminstrative leave for at least 5 days. Investigators are still working to learn how many times the troopers fired and how many times Potwin was hit.

The Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington was scheduled to perform an autopsy Monday on Potwin.

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