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State police investigating officer-involved shooting in Arlington

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Published: Jan. 7, 2019 at 1:06 PM EST
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Vermont State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Arlington early Monday.

Authorities say Matt Novick, 40, is undergoing treatment at Albany Medical Center after he was shot multiple times by troopers.

Police say it began around 3:50 a.m. when police responded to a 911 call at a home on Red Mountain Road. A relative living nearby had reported Novick was experiencing a "mental health crisis."

Troopers arrived at about 4:40 a.m. and saw Novick standing in the doorway of the home and carrying what appeared to be an AK-47 rifle. They called for backup.

Officials say a short time later, police heard gunshots coming from the home and that Novick had fired in the direction of officers.

Troopers took cover and returned fire. Police say Novick was hit multiple times and was airlifted to the hospital. His current condition is unknown.

Monday's shooting is the latest in a series of officer-involved shootings involving someone undergoing a mental health crisis. Just last week the Vermont attorney general cleared a trooper in the shooting death of a man in Pownal last October.

The Vermont State Police in April released an action plan that includes less-lethal weapons and more training aimed at averting a fatal showdown.

"The frequency of these incidents is highly concerning, and the police, public, mental-health community and leaders of the state need to closely examine this trend and work hard to reverse it," said Vermont State Police Col. Matthew Birmingham in a statement Monday. "Today we are fortunate to have avoided the murder of multiple state troopers. I am thankful no police officers were injured, and that there was no loss of life."