Former Vt. mayor's son killed in police shootout; may be linked to homicide

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RUTLAND, Vt. (WCAX) The son of a former Vermont mayor was killed in a shootout with police on Tuesday. It happened in Rutland and it was caught on camera. And now police say that shooting may be connected to a suspected homicide in Salisbury.

We have team coverage of this developing story. Our Adam Sullivan has been following the story in Rutland, where the fatal officer-involved shooting ended in a parking lot near Walmart.

Police say the man they killed was Christopher Louras, 33, the son of former Rutland Mayor Chris Louras.

WCAX News spoke with a witness who watched it all go down.

"I was like, what is going on? I've never heard this in Rutland before," Nate Stevens said.

Stevens was headed to a job interview on Tuesday morning when the shots rang out in downtown Rutland. He grabbed his cellphone and started recording as he walked closer to the scene.

"Probably a good 30 shots by the time I got over here," he said.

The incident began at about 5:30 a.m. when police say the suspect fired multiple shots at the Rutland Police Station. Shattered glass and bullet holes were visible from the street.

About an hour and a half later, the suspect's vehicle was spotted in the area and a pursuit began. The chase ended in a parking lot off Evelyn Street where police and the man exchanged more gunfire.

"I just wanted to know what was going on. We are in Vermont, it don't happen a lot," Stevens said.

The Vermont state police major crime unit is leading the investigation.

For Mary Ann Horton, who lives nearby, the incident was all too familiar.

"I was sitting on the couch having tea when I heard the shots, so I grabbed my dog and just fell to the floor," she said.

Horton says her house was hit by bullets three years ago.

"It's just very emotional to have this happen again so close," she said.

State police are asking the public for help piecing together the events.

"We can't account for the lapse of time from 5:30 in the morning until 7 a.m. when that vehicle was located afterward. That's where the public would be helpful with any security footage, cell footage, if they saw something, anyone who may have seen the vehicle that is involved," Vt. State Police Maj. Dan Trudeau said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Rutland barracks at 802-773-9101.

As is policy, the officers from both Rutland City and Rutland Town are on paid administrative leave while the state police investigate.

HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION IN SALISBURY

Now, to the body found in Salisbury. Police say that man could be a homicide victim and his death might be linked to the shooting in Rutland.

Our Erin Brown went to the scene to find out more.

The body was found off Route 53, also known as Lake Dunmore Road, sometime before 4 p.m. The man's identity is not being released until his family is notified.

Tuesday evening, Lt. Matt Daley said police were still assessing the scene and collecting evidence.

Investigators say there's no danger to the public.