Press Release from Bennington Police Dept January 18th

Police said a male suspect has been arrested in a killing in downtown Bennington on Monday.

The Bennington Police Department at this time is withholding the suspect’s name until criminal charges are filed. Also, the female victim's name has not been released.

The incident is the first reported homicide case in Bennington – or the county – this year.

According to a news release from BPD Chief Paul Doucette, which can be seen Below, around 11:15 a.m. Monday, town police received a call about “a male attacking a female” along the Walloomsac River walkway between North and School streets.

Doucette said,

"Police found a female victim on the ground just off of the walkway suffering from a significant laceration. An officer provided first aid until the Bennington Rescue Squad arrived."

Police got a description of the suspect, a BPD officer reportedly found him on School Street. Police tried to arrest him once a second officer arrived at the location.

Doucette also said in the release,

"The suspect resisted arrest but was detained after a brief struggle,. A weapon believed to be involved in the attack was recovered by officers.”

The victim was taken to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, where she died of her injuries later Monday, police said. The body has since been transported to Vermont’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy.

As of Monday evening, it was not clear whether the suspect has already been charged or when he might appear in court.

Also Monday Night there were threads on social media saying a bomb went off, it was not, fireworks were lit off.

The Bennington Police Department, the lead investigating agency, said it continues to investigate the Monday killing and is asking anyone with information to contact Detective Sgt. Jason Burnham or Detective Corey Briggs at 802-442-1030 or through the BPD website, benningtonpolice.com.

Vermont State Police and the Bennington County Sheriff’s Department also responded to the incident.

Bennington Police Dept.
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