Montpelier, VT – This morning, Sunday January 22nd, at approximately 4:34 am, the Montpelier Police Department responded to a reported shooting at 191 Barre Street in Montpelier. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male deceased on the ground outside a vehicle in the parking lot at this address. Montpelier police contacted the Vermont State Police for assistance.
The Vermont State Police Major Crime Unit is leading this investigation and is working closely with the Montpelier Police Department and Washington County State’s Attorney’s Office. Detectives with the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Crime Scene Search Team have responded to investigate.
Initial investigation indicates the deceased sustained at least one gunshot wound in the parking lot and that a male suspect fled the scene in a vehicle. The deceased has been preliminarily identified as Markus Austin, age 33, who resides at an apartment at the shooting location, 191 Barre Street in Montpelier. This investigation is in its early stages and is ongoing. Once the crime scene is processed, the deceased will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy to confirm identity and determine cause and manner of death.
Detectives are interested in speaking with anyone who witnessed this shooting or who may have information regarding people involved in this crime. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Vermont State Police at 802-229-9191 or the Montpelier Police Department at 802-223-3445.