Burlington, VT– Burlington Police have released new details about Tuesday’s nearly 3-hour standoff with a man who barricaded himself inside a garage in Burlington’s New North End.
Burlington Police Chief Jon Murad said a resident on Killarney Drive called police just after 4 p.m. Tuesday to report that a remote security camera showed someone attempting to break into the home.
Police say the man was known to the homeowner, who was not at home at the time, but didn’t have permission to be in the home.
Officers found the man barricaded in a semi-enclosed space in the garage. Police say the man, who said he had a knife, didn’t cooperate with negotiators and said that he expected to die.
Police say they deployed a form of pepper spray into the garage shortly before a gunshot was heard from inside the garage. Police say the man died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Police say they also found a firearm.
Police Chief Jon Murad offered condolences to the man’s friends and family in a statement. “Last night’s ending was not the outcome anyone sought. I offer sympathy to the family whose home was invaded and who now deal with the aftermath of this terrible act; the BPD’s community support liaisons and the City’s victim’s advocate have connected with them to offer assistance.
“I offer sympathy, too, to the neighbors whose lives were disrupted by a frightening and tragic experience. I have already commended and checked in on the officers involved, particularly our negotiator, who worked for hours to develop a rapport with the suspect and obtain a peaceful resolution.
“Despite how much we try, it’s not always up to us, because the suspect has the final say, and that can be hard on negotiators.”
Late Tuesday, police were still investigating at the scene. They are expected to release the man’s name in the coming days.
This article will be updated as more information becomes available.