Hartford, Vermont – Police charged 19 year old James Luce of White River Junction with 1st Degree Aggravated Domestic Assault, Aggravated Assault, Reckless Endangerment, and Resisting Arrest overnight as a result of events that occurred at the residence located at 4536 Quechee West Hartford Road.
Just after 7:00 PM Sunday night, Hartford Police were dispatched to 4536 Quechee West Hartford Road for a domestic assault where the suspect was alleged to have a shotgun in his possession. While in route to the home, police received updated information that the man had fired the shotgun at the house and fled on foot into the nearby woods. Officers from Hartford and the Lebanon, New Hampshire, Police Department encountered a man armed with shotgun walking in the road near the residence. The man refused to comply with orders from the police officers but did not threaten anyone with the shotgun at that time. Shortly after, the man encountered Vermont State Police troopers who had responded to assist. The man again refused to comply with commands, and a state trooper fired at the suspect one time with a shotgun. The suspect continued to be non-compliant, and an electronic control device (Taser) was deployed to bring the man under control.
In accordance with procedure, Luce was assessed by paramedics at the scene, and taken by police to Mount Ascutney Hospital as a precaution. He sustained minor abrasions. No police officers or other individuals were injured during this incident.
The Vermont State Police Major Crime Unit is investigating the officer-involved shooting. Investigators from the Vermont State Police Crime Scene Unit are also assisting with the officer-involved shooting, and the domestic assault investigation. Luce is currently awaiting arraignment proceedings before the District Court for Windsor County early this afternoon. The investigation continues and further charges may be forthcoming.