Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Vermont State Police Trooper Will Not Be Prosecuted for March 9, 2019 Officer Involved Shooting in Rockingham

April 5, 2019

Contact: Bram Kranichfeld, Chief, AGO Criminal Division, 802-828-3171

               Tracy Shriver, Windham County State’s Attorney, 802-257-2860

Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced today that his office has reviewed the officer-involved-shooting incident that occurred on March 9, 2019 in Rockingham, Vermont. The Attorney General’s Office is declining to prosecute Vermont State Police Sergeant Eugene Duplissis for charges related to the shooting of John-Victor Wetherby. In reaching this decision, the Office reviewed all the materials provided by the Vermont State Police, who conducted the investigation.

The Office of the State’s Attorney for Windham County also conducted an independent review and has declined to file criminal charges against Sgt. Duplissis.

John-Victor Wetherby is currently facing criminal charges for allegations closely related to this incident. In accordance with the Vermont Rules of Professional Conduct, neither the Attorney General’s Office nor the Windham County State’s Attorney’s Office will, at this time, comment further on the specific findings of their reviews. The Offices may release additional information related to their decisions if and when the criminal charges pending against Mr. Wetherby are resolved.

Last modified: April 8, 2019