Homicide victims identified as West Haven father and son
State police arrested Sylvester Labartino, 70, of Hubbardton, this morning on two counts of second-degree murder.
Labartino is charged with the deaths of a father and son, identified by sister Michelle Charron as Shane and Chris Plummer of West Haven, in Labartino's residence at 578 Route 30 in Hubbardton yesterday afternoon.
He is being held at the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility for a lack of $1 million bail; and is scheduled to be arraigned at Rutland County Superior Court Criminal Division today at 12:30 p.m.
The investigation began soon after police radio dispatches Wednesday afternoon reported a 911 call about a possible shooting at the residence.
Troopers from the Vermont State Police Rutland Barracks, along with emergency medical personnel and officers from the Department of Motor Vehicles, Fair Haven Police Department and Castleton Police Department responded immediately and located the residence where the shooting occurred; they found two dead men outside the house.
Police began looking for a white Ford Bronco that belonged to Labartino; a short time later the truck was spotted traveling north on Route 30 in Castleton. Fair Haven Police Chief William Humphries said he stopped the Ford Bronco just north of North Road on Route 30.
Labartino was driving the truck; he was taken into custody and later to the Rutland State Police barracks.
The victims were taken to the Medical Examiner's office for autopsy; preliminary assessment at the scene found they had been shot.
Vermont State Police are asking for anyone who observed a white Ford Bronco II, bearing Vermont registration EMM973, during the afternoon of Wednesday, February 12, 2014 in the areas of Hubbardton, Castleton, or Fair Haven, to please contact the state police at 802-773-9101 or may submit an anonymous tip to www.vtips.info or send a text to "CRIMES" (274637) with keyword: VTIPS.