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Middlebury Man charged with attempted murder

MIDDLEBURY — Police on Saturday afternoon took into custody a 20-year-old Middlebury man who they said shot another man through an apartment door earlier in the afternoon.
Dominick Ekroos faces a charge of attempted murder in the second degree; assault and robbery with injury resulting; and unlawful mischief.
Andrew Kerr, 22, of Middlebury was shot and initially taken to Porter Hospital, but then airlifted to UVM Medical Center, where he underwent surgery Saturday evening for undisclosed injuries. Police Chief Tom Hanley on Tuesday said Kerr was not well enough to be interviewed by police.
A man went to Kerr’s apartment at 65 Court St., a white building on the east side of the street between Mary Hogan Elementary and Middlebury Union High School, at around 2 p.m. and knocked on the door, a resident of that building told Middlebury police. The resident said Kerr opened his door and the man, apparently Ekroos, pointed a semiautomatic handgun at him and demanded property.
After Kerr closed the door, the assailant fired twice through the door, striking Kerr in the upper body, police recount. The assailant fled.
Middlebury police and Vermont State Police located Ekroos around 3:15 p.m. at A&W, where he reportedly was employed. Police took him into custody there.
Middlebury police said the general public was not in danger. Their investigation is ongoing.

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