VSP: 2 men found dead in apparent murder-suicide in Shaftsbury

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SHAFTSBURY, Vt. (NEWS10) – Vermont State Police say two people are dead after a shooting Friday afternoon in Shaftsbury.

Police say two men are dead after a shooting this afternoon here in Shaftsbury.

They’re calling it a murder-suicide but are still not saying who killed who and whether drugs played a role in the incident.

“Preliminary investigation has led us to believe that this is a homicide-suicide,” Vermont State Police Major Crime Unit Captain J.P. Sinclair said.

Police say around 12:30 p.m., they were alerted of two male bodies found at 665 Shaftsbury Hollow Road.

“We believe both of these individuals did suffer gunshot wounds.”

He identifies the victims as Trevor Gardner, 38, of Hoosick Falls, N.Y., Olanda Fitz, 28, of Shaftsbury, Vt.

On Monday, police say Gardner drove to Fitz’s residence and was reportedly upset with Fitz’s involvement with his girlfriend.

Gardner was found in a truck and Fitz was found in the front yard.  Sinclair says no one else was home.

“Both of these individuals will be taken up to our medical examiner’s office in Burlington, Vt. for an autopsy.”

Those autopsies will ultimately help determine their causes of death.

In the meantime, Sgt. Sinclair doesn’t believe the public is in any danger and that this was an isolated incident.

“That’s where we’re at right now in the investigation. I don’t believe it will change down the road but if it does we will certainly update the public.”

A friend of Gardner’s says he was a very good man and was trying to get his life back together.

Vermont State Police Public Information Officer Scott Waterman confirms Fitz was also previously arrested this past July.

He was arrested on charges for selling crack cocaine in the Bennington area and engaging in a domestic dispute with an ex-intimate partner, where he threatened to kill her while pointing a firearm at her.

Anyone with information on this is asked to contact Vermont State Police at (802)-442-5421.

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