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Shooting death of Vt. National Guard member a homicide

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Kryn Miner, 44, of Essex Junction, died early Saturday morning at his home.

Police say a family member shot Kryn Miner because he was threatening his family with a firearm. Police say a homicide investigation has been launched.

Miner was a chief warrant officer in the Vermont National Guard and admitted the war changed him. Kryn Miner spoke about his post-traumatic stress disorder and said he was once suicidal after his service.

On April 26, Miner was shot and killed in his own home by a family member after police say the war vet was threatening his family with a gun.

Miner's death certificate reveals he was shot multiple times in the head, neck and torso.

"What we know right now is that one, that night, Mr. Miner, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and a traumatic brain injury, had a firearm and was threatening other family members. In response to those threats a family member shot and killed Mr. Miner," said Chittenden County State's Attorney T.J. Donovan.

Donovan says the state is still reviewing evidence and the investigation is ongoing.

"Right now it’s being classified as a homicide, and the question is whether or not this is a justifiable homicide. And once we receive the paperwork and we review the evidence we'll make that determination whether criminal charges are warranted," said Donovan.

And authorities are still not saying who pulled the trigger.

WCAX Reporter Shelby Cashman: Is one of the reasons why the shooter's specifics are being withheld because it's a juvenile?

Donovan: Well the investigation is ongoing at this point. All we can say is it was another family member who was involved in the shooting.

The news has saddened the Vermont National Guard.

Maj. Gen. Steve Cray issued a statement saying that on behalf of the men and women of the Vermont National Guard our thoughts and prayers are with the Miner family.

And while Donovan did note Miner's struggles with PTSD and brain injury, he would not confirm if Miner had a history with domestic violence. He hopes to have all of the evidence from police by the end of the week.

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