Police investigate fatal Greensboro shooting

Published: Oct. 21, 2021 at 11:35 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 22, 2021 at 6:32 AM EDT
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GREENSBORO, Vt. (WCAX) - Vermont State Police are taking over an investigation into a deadly shooting Greensboro.

The crime scene search team will be processing the scene Friday morning.

Police say it started with a fight in Hardwick between 27-year-old Robert Chaplin and 48-year-old Daryl Johnson.

Hardwick Police say they were called to the Hardwick Kwik Stop on Wednesday for reports of an argument but couldn’t find the two men involved.

Then police got the call around 8 p.m. Wednesday asking for assistance on a deadly shooting on Eligo Lake Road in Greensboro. Chaplin died.

Police say they have questioned Johnson but have not arrested him.

“There was a shooting and we have to find out why the person discharged their firearm. Whether it’s in self defense or not, that’s what we’re up here to investigate. So even if it was a self defense shooting, it’s still a homicide,” said Captain Scott Dunlap, with the state police major crime unit.

Dunlap says police are working to get a search warrant for the Greensboro property.

Hardwick Police Chief Aaron Cochran says his quiet town isn’t used to violence like this.

“Small town Vermont. It’s generally not a common occurrence. I believe we’ve seen more instances of it in the last several years across the state in general. I think we’ve seen an increase of it but it’s not something that is that common,” he said.

Police say it was an isolated incident.

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