A Vermont State Police crime lab arrived at the Sunrise Drive residence a little before 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Earlier that morning, police received a call from the Fairlee house reporting a possible murder-suicide.
"The Vermont State Police continued the investigation into the death of Troy Gray, 45, and Rhonda Gray, 43. A preliminary review of the evidence shows that Troy discharged a rifle, striking and killing Rhonda. Troy then turned the weapon on himself and subsequently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound," Vt. State Police Maj. Ed Ledo said.
This is not the first time Vermont State Police have responded to the home. According to court documents, Troy Gray was arrested July 25 after an argument got out of control. The papers state that Troy Gray believed his wife was being unfaithful. The couple's kids told police he hit their mom in the face. The papers went on to say that recently, Troy Gray pointed a finger gun at his wife saying, "bang, I wish this was a real gun." And then, holding a knife, went on to say "that he should just kill himself."
"It's not just about the pushing and shoving, the kicking and punching, the verbal abuse, it's all about control and the absolutely most dangerous time is when the victim leaves," Ledo said.
Troy Gray was also arrested in New Hampshire back in May on a simple assault charge against Rhonda. She filed a restraining order against him but vacated that order in June. Conditions of his release from that arrest prohibited him from having contact with Rhonda, as well as firearms.
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