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Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Vermont State Trooper Will Not be Prosecuted for January 7, 2019 Shooting

April 17, 2019

Contact: Bram Kranichfeld, Earl F. Fechter, Assistant Attorneys General, (802) 828-3171

Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced that his Office has reviewed the police-involved shooting incident that occurred on the morning of January 7, 2019 in Arlington, Vermont.  The Attorney General’s Office is declining to prosecute Vermont State Police Trooper Raymond Witkowski for charges related to discharging his firearm at Matthew Novick.

In reaching this decision, the Attorney General’s Office reviewed all of the materials provided by the Vermont State Police, who conducted the investigation.

Matthew Novick is currently facing criminal charges for his conduct during this incident.  To ensure Mr. Novick’s right to a fair trial, and in accordance with the Vermont Rules of Professional Conduct, the Attorney General’s Office will not, at this time, comment further on the specific finding or its review. This Office can release additional information related to this decision at such time that the criminal charges pending against Mr. Novick are resolved.

Last modified: April 18, 2019