State rules Woodburn death a suicide

<p> SALISBURY &mdash; The Vermont Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has officially ruled the Nov. 17 death of Gerald &ldquo;Dusty&rdquo; Woodburn, 52, of Salisbury, to have been a suicide, from a single gunshot to the head.</p><p> It was on Nov. 17 that Troopers Second Class Lewis Hatch and Kaitlyn Armstrong responded to Woodburn&rsquo;s apartment on Lake Dunmore Road in Salisbury after receiving a 911 call from his girlfriend alleging a domestic disturbance.</p><p> While outside the apartment, the troopers attempted to separate and interview the parties involved, according to Vermont State Police Public Information Officer Stephanie Dasaro.</p><p> It was during this process that Woodburn allegedly pointed a 9mm handgun at the troopers, according to Dasaro. Trooper Hatch then fired a single round from his .40-caliber duty weapon that struck Woodburn, causing non-fatal injuries to his right arm and abdomen, according to Dasaro.</p><p> Woodburn then retreated into the apartment, where he was later found dead.</p><p> Police said a ballistic analysis concluded the bullet recovered from Woodburn&rsquo;s head that resulted in his death was a 9mm bullet.</p><p> Police declined further comment pending an ongoing review of the case by the Vermont Attorney General&rsquo;s Office, which is standard procedure for officer-involved shootings.&nbsp;</p>

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