Troopers identified in deadly Poultney shooting

Published: Sep. 1, 2017 at 5:06 PM EDT
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UPDATE: Investigators have identified the following members of the Vermont State Police as being involved in the deadly shooting in Poultney: Sgt. Lyle Decker, Tpr. Matthew Cannon, Tpr. Eric Vitali, Tpr. Christopher Brown, and Tpr. Michael Anderson.

A standoff in Poultney ended with police killing a man in his home. Vermont State Police say five troopers opened fire, killing Michael Battles, 32.

Police say Thursday they went to Battles' home to arrest him for an alleged aggravated domestic assault. They say he refused to come down and speak to them and claimed he had an arsenal.

They say around 2 a.m. Friday, Battles appeared in a second-story window with a revolver, pointing it at police. Five troopers say they opened fire.

When they went inside, police found Battles dead on the floor. Vermont State Police are not identifying the troopers who fired the shots but say all five are on paid leave while the shooting is being investigated.

Police say Battles had an extensive criminal record with felony convictions that prohibited him from possessing firearms. When he was found, police say he had a revolver in his hand and a firearm holstered on his hip.