Vermont State Police Log: Shooting victim's death under investigation
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police operating out of the New Haven barracks were alerted to the presence of a dead man’s body off Route 53/Lake Dunmore Road in Salisbury on Tuesday morning, Oct. 8. Police said they suspected that the death, which they called a homicide, was connected to the Tuesday morning police shooting death of Christopher G. Louras, 33, of Rutland, but they did not say why they thought that.
On Thursday, Vermont State Police identified the man whose body was found dead in Salisbury on Tuesday morning as 34-year-old Nicholas Louras of Rutland. The ID came after Vermont’s Chief Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy on Wednesday, which state police said enabled them to positively identify Nicholas Louras. They said someone shot him to death with a gun.
Louras is a cousin of Christopher G. Louras, who died as the result of an exchanging of gunfire with Rutland City and Rutland Town police officers that same morning in downtown Rutland.
Nicholas Louras and Christopher G. Louras were cousins.
Christopher G. Louras is the son of former Rutland Mayor Christopher C. Louras.
State police investigation into this case continued this week. Officers said the search for information was active, spanned multiple scenes and involved numerous members of the Vermont State Police Major Crime Unit, Bureau of Criminal Investigations, Crime Scene Search Team, Field Force Division and Support Services Division, along with the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife officials.
In other action last week, local Vermont State Police:
• On Oct. 10 at 2:30 a.m. received a report that a 20-year-old Cornwall resident was missing, was not responding to text messages or phone calls and had not been seen at their residence since the previous Monday evening. Police alerted to be on the lookout for the person. At 4:30 that afternoon, state police said the person had been located and was safe.
• On Oct. 11 at a few minutes past 5 p.m. stopped motor vehicle on Town Hill Road in New Haven and ended up citing 24-year-old Keisha A. Willard of Winooski for driving with a criminally suspension license.