Hartford Vt – Vermont State Police identify trooper in officer-involved shooting

HARTFORD, Vermont (May 6, 2019) — The Vermont State Police is identifying the member involved in this incident as Trooper Eric Vitali of the Royalton Barracks. He was hired in 2005 and initially assigned to the Rockingham Barracks. He transferred to the Westminster Barracks in 2016 and the Royalton Barracks in 2018.

Preliminary investigation shows that James Luce was armed with a shotgun, which he had just used to fire at the home located on Quechee West Hartford Road in Hartford, while he was moving away from Hartford, Vermont, and Lebanon, New Hampshire, police officers and toward members of the Vermont State Police. Luce was ordered by state police to drop the firearm and not pick it up again, but when he failed to comply, Trooper Vitali responded by firing his shotgun one time, grazing Luce. He received minor abrasions and was treated and released from Mount Ascutney Hospital.

The investigation by Vermont State Police into the officer-involved shooting is ongoing. No further information is available at this time.