Addison man dies after a non-suspicious gunshot

ADDISON — An Addison man who sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound Wednesday evening has died.

Vermont State Police today report that 22-year-old Dawson McGrath of Addison succumbed to his wound. Detectives continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding this incident and preliminary findings indicate this was non-suspicious, accidental/self-inflicted in nature. Police said McGrath’s body will be transferred to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for autopsy to help determine cause and manner of death.

Troopers received a 911 call at around 7:53 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27, reporting a person with a gunshot wound at a residence on Pleasant View Drive in Addison. Emergency responders from the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad, Addison Fire Department and Life-Net of Ticonderoga, N.Y., were dispatched to the scene.

State police troopers also rushed to the Addison address and they were later joined by detectives with Vermont’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Life-Net transported McGrath by helicopter to the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington and was initially listed in critical condition.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to please contact detectives at the New Haven state police barracks at 802-388-4919. Tips also may be submitted online anonymously at

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