Officers on Leave After Police-Involved Shooting in Vermont

A Texas man accused of committing robberies in several states was shot by police in Vermont Friday night.

Authorities say six officers confronted 46-year-old Mark Triolo of Lewisville, Texas, in Brattleboro around 9 p.m. Friday. While attempting to arrest Triolo, three officers and one state trooper fired their weapons at the suspect.

Triolo is a suspect in two armed robberies Friday night in Vermont—one at a gas station in Weathersfield and the other at a market in Westminster—and in the robbery of a Vergennes market on May 1.

The first robbery occurred at a Sunoco shortly before 8 p.m., while the second robbery was reported at Allen Brothers store at 8:26 p.m.

Triolo fled from police when they attempted to talk with him after locating his vehicle, identified as a 2007 Kia Sorento with Texas license plates. The suspect was then confronted outside his vehicle on Black Mountain Road at which time the shooting occurred.

The three officers that fired their weapons have been placed on paid administrative leave. It's unclear if the state trooper was also placed on leave.

"This standard procedure exists in order to allow those officers to manage and work through the stress that is involved with such an incident and to facilitate their mental and physical health," said Brattleboro Police Chief Michael R. Fitzgerald in a news release.

The officers involved in the shooting have been identified as Brattleboro Sergeant Chase Stanley, Officer Michael Cable, Officer Sean Wilson, and Vermont State Trooper Jason Lengfellner, according to the Vermont Department of Public Safety.

Brattleboro Police Sergeant Adam Petlock and Vermont State Police Trooper Joshua Gagnon were also on scene at the time of the shooting but they did not discharge their firearms.

Police are working with the Windham County State's Attorney and have notified the Attorney General's Office, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.

No officers were seriously injured during the incident.

The shooting and armed robberies are under investigation.

There are also active warrants for Triolo's arrest in Texas and New York. Following a robbery of a Queensbury, New York gas station on April 30 in which Triolo was identified as the suspect, the Warren County Sheriff said Triolo has a long history of violent behavior.

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