Troopers cleared in shooting death of Bethel man during police standoff

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Vermont State Police Sgt. Matthew Tarricone fired the shot that fatally wounded a suspect in May.

Two Vermont State Police troopers will not face charges related to the fatal shooting of a 39-year-old man during a three-hour armed standoff with police in May.

Attorney General TJ Donovan said Monday that Troopers Neil Carey and Matthew Tarricone were justified in using deadly force during their May 11 encounter in Tunbridge with Jeremy Potwin.

The troopers were seeking to question Potwin, of Bethel, for his alleged involvement in a series of crimes, including an aggravated assault and kidnapping in Braintree and several arson fires in Tunbridge.

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, with a semi-automatic handgun pointed at her head. In his other hand, Potwin pointed a large-caliber revolver at the troopers.

Jeremy Potwin was armed with a Taurus Raging Judge revolver and a Ruger SR 1911 semi-automatic pistol when he was killed during a May 11, 2019, standoff with police.

Potwin ignored police demands to drop his weapons, and as he advanced toward troopers, Carey fired a single shot at Potwin, but missed. Tarricone then fired, hitting Potwin in the right shoulder.

Potwin was pronounced dead at Gifford Medical Center in Randolph. The woman was uninjured, but was taken taken to the hospital for evaluation.

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