Suspect Pleads Not Guilty in St. Albans Shooting


A Milton man says he’s not guilty of shooting a man on Thursday in a St. Albans church parking lot.

Zakk Trombly, 22, was arraigned on Friday on an attempted second-degree murder charge at Vermont Superior court in Saint Albans.

Police say Trombly fired a gun at Dustin Davenport, 23, six times while Davenport was inside a car, with one bullet hitting him in the head. Court documents say a witness working in the church office heard a gun go off while working at the Holy Angels Parish Church on the corner of Elm Street and Lake Street.

Officials say Davenport is listed as being in critical condition at UVM Medical Center. According to court documents, Trombly was with a group of people including his step-mother, who were involved in a drug deal with Davenport at a St. Albans Park N Ride.

Police say, members of the group had bought cocaine from Davenport but had discovered they were not given cocaine. Documents say the bag contained what appeared to be crushed up pills.

Court documents show the group headed to towards Lake Street in St. Albans in hopes of getting money back from Davenport from the deal. In court, State’s Attorney Jim Hughes called the shooting a ‘surprise attack’ and said Trombly avenged a bad drug deal that quote wasn’t even his drug deal.

“Mr. Trombly can go from pretty much zero to very angry and homicidal in a matter of seconds,” said Hughes. According to the affidavit,

Documents say Trombly started selling drugs a few weeks ago, and also purchased a handgun.

Court documents show that Trombly is being held without bail until a bail review hearing. He faces life in prison.

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