STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE
RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Detective Trooper Benjamin Weed
STATION: Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations Troop A West – St. Albans
DATE/TIME: 7:00 a.m. Sunday, September 10, 2023
INCIDENT LOCATION: Northwest State Correctional Facility, St. Albans, VT
INCIDENT TYPE: Death investigation
VICTIM: Name withheld pending notification of next of kin
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Vermont
SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:
The Vermont State Police is investigating the death of a man who had been jailed at Northwest State Correctional Facility in St. Albans. The man, a 35-year-old resident of Vermont, became unresponsive in the booking area at the facility at about 6:32 a.m. Sunday, September 10, 2023. Corrections staff provided emergency medical care and called first responders to the prison. Lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful, and the inmate was pronounced dead at Northwest State at 6:49 a.m. Sunday.
Following standard procedure, the Department of Corrections notified the Vermont State Police of the death at approximately 6:57 a.m., and a detective responded to Northwest State to perform a death investigation. Preliminary information obtained by VSP indicates the death is not suspicious, but the circumstances remain under investigation. An autopsy including toxicology testing will be performed at the Vermont Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington to determine the cause and manner of death.
VSP will release the individual’s name as the investigation progresses and following notification of next of kin.
No additional information is currently available. The investigation is ongoing, and the Vermont State Police will provide updates when possible. Further questions should be directed to the Department of Corrections.