Vt. State Police investigate after man dies in Bennington Police custody

Published: Mar. 23, 2023 at 11:45 PM EDT
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BENNINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - The Vermont State Police are investigating the death of a man in custody at the Bennington Police Department Thursday.

It happened just before 4 p.m., State police officials say Bennington officers took three people into custody related to a drug investigation at the Apple Valley Inn on Route 7.

They say one of them, Darrel Jones, was placed in a holding cell by himself and that he was found unresponsive about 40 minutes later. Police tried to revive the 33-year-old but he was pronounced dead at about 5:20 PM.

Police say the cause and manner of Jones’ death remain pending toxicology testing, which can take several weeks to several months.

Jones’ state of residence was listed New York and Pennsylvania.

Bennington Police say as a result of the motel raid, they arrested Jody Dwyer, 47, and Zacha1Y Rose, 35, both of Bennington, on charges of possession of a controlled substance. Both are due in court next week.