Suspect arrested, no injuries reported following shooting incident in Derby Line

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Suspect arrested, no injuries reported following shooting incident in Derby Line

Mon, 01/10/2022 - 1:52pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A suspect has been taken into custody following a shooting incident Monday morning, Jan. 10, 2022, at an apartment building on Caswell Avenue in Derby Line.

No one was injured, and the danger to the public is now believed to have ended.

Police began receiving reports of gunfire at about 9:45 a.m. The Vermont State Police, along with multiple additional law-enforcement agencies, responded to the apartment building near the intersection of Caswell Avenue and Ducharme Drive. Initial reports indicated there might be multiple shooters and multiple victims.

A member of VSP’s Crisis Negotiation Unit attempted to make contact with people inside the building but received no response. A group of law-enforcement personnel swiftly entered the building to search for victims. Police evacuated apartments in the building and at a nearby building. No victims were found.

Police arriving on scene located Alfred Charest, 38, outside the building. As events unfolded and law enforcement assessed information while on scene, Charest’s apartment was identified as the suspect apartment associated with the gunfire. Police found evidence consistent with gunfire coming from his residence and penetrating other apartments and several vehicles. Investigators located no evidence to indicate the presence of any other shooters. Charest was arrested without incident.

The Vermont State Police was assisted by the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles Enforcement and Safety Division, the Newport Police Department, the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and U.S. Border Patrol. Ambulances from several local agencies staged nearby. The state police is working with the Orleans County State’s Attorney’s Office on charges.

This investigation remains active, and updates will be provided when more information becomes available.

A media availability regarding this incident will take place at 2:15 p.m. Monday at the state police barracks at 35 Crawford Road in Derby.

***Initial news release, 11:40 a.m. Monday, Jan. 10, 2022***

One person has been taken into custody following an incident this morning on Caswell Avenue in Derby Line. A law-enforcement presence remains in the area, and the public should continue to avoid the area where possible.

Updates will follow.

***Initial news release, 10:45 a.m. Monday, Jan. 10, 2022***

Members of the Vermont State Police are responding to an incident on Caswell Avenue in Derby Line. The situation is currently unfolding, and further information is unavailable. Members of the public should avoid the area.

The state police will provide updates as soon as more details are available.

Source: DERBY LINE, Vermont (Monday, Jan. 10, 2022) — VSP