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Police: Jeffersonville man died of gunshot wound to stomach

(WCAX)
Published: Mar. 4, 2020 at 4:10 PM EST
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Vermont State Police say a Jeffersonville man found dead in his home early Tuesday died of a gunshot wound to the stomach. Meanwhile, neighbors aren't sure what to make of the homicide investigation.

Authorities say Michael Haines, 39, was discovered at about 3 a.m. at his home on Hillside Drive.

"I didn't really hear bang, bang, or a gun at all. I think what I heard was the door slam," said Kayla Neumeister, who shares a wall with the apartment where the crime happened. She says she heard the victim and his girl friend after the gun shots. "I heard her yelling his name and heard him moaning."

She says she didn't hear or see another person, but WCAX has learned that Haines' girlfriend is not a suspect.

"That's what's weird, 'cause I didn't see a car leave. When I came downstairs and still heard them inside, I didn't see a car, I didn't hear a car," Neumeister said.

Just down the road, Kelsey Baur lives near the backyard of the crime scene. "All I could think about is 3 a.m. -- what if shots came into our bedroom? It's just really scary that happened right by our house," Baur said. She said she never talked with her neighbors, but that she always feels safe at home. "You don't expect that stuff to happen in your backyard."

"It was a little nerve racking that this happens in this little small town," added Neumeister.

Police say there is no threat to the public and that it appeared to be an isolated and targeted incident. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Vermont State Police in Williston.