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Vermont State Police investigate the scene where a body was found along Route 53 in Salisbury near Keewaydin Camp on Tuesday evening. The body was found by a jogger at approximately 12:45 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. 

The Vermont State Police have identified a body found in Salisbury on Tuesday as Nicholas Louras, 34, of Rutland. 

The cause of death for Louras was gunshot wounds and the manner of death is homicide, according to police. Louras' identity was determined after an autopsy performed by the Chief Medical Examiner's Office on Wednesday.

Louras is the cousin of Christopher G. Louras, 33, who was killed in a gunfight with police near the Amtrak station in Rutland on Tuesday.

The office also determined the cause of death for Christopher G. Louras, who died after exchanging gunfire with Rutland City and Rutland Town police officers to be gunshot wounds, and the manner of death to be homicide.

Police have not commented on whether Christopher Louras is suspected of causing the death of Nicholas Louras.

Police are still investigating the incident and trying to determine a possible motive for Christopher Louras’ actions.

Police described the investigation as “open and active, spanning multiple scenes and involving numerous members of the Vermont State Police Major Crime Unit, Bureau of Criminal Investigations, Crime Scene Search Team, Field Force Division and Support Services Division, along with the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife.”

No other individuals were injured during these incidents, and police do not believe there is any ongoing danger to the public.

Christopher G. Louras is the son of Rutland's former mayor. 

Four police officers, three from the Rutland City Police Department and one from the Rutland Town Police Department, have been identified as the officers who fired their service weapons during the incident.

Because the incident involves an officer-involved shooting, it is being investigated by the Vermont State Police.

Once complete, the information gathered by state police will be turned over to the Attorney General’s Office and the Rutland County State’s Attorney’s Office for independent reviews of the use of force.

Police ask that anyone with information about these incidents call the Vermont State Police in Rutland at 773-9101.

This article will be updated.

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Addy Indy

Glad they got around to telling us what everybody knew on Tuesday.

ElizaH

"The office also determined the cause of death for Christopher G. Louras, who died after exchanging gunfire with Rutland City and Rutland Town police officers to be gunshot wounds, and the manner of death to be homicide." What!??? How can it be a homicide if he was shooting at police!!

Dave Henry

A homicide is defined as an act which takes a persons life. It will be deemed justifiable but it's still a homicide.

ElizaH







Dave, you are incorrect. The definition is:



hom·i·cide

/ˈhäməˌsīd/



the deliberate and unlawful killing of one person by another; murder.

bj

Is it really necessary to keep mentioning the parents of this fully grown man or is it the Herald wants to jab at the former mayor. I don't see the name of the parents of Nicholas Louras another fully grown man.

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