Suspect jailed on multiple charges arising from shooting incident in Derby Line

Vermont State Police arrested a local man on Monday after responding to reports of gunfire at an apartment building near the intersection of Caswell Avenue and Ducharme Drive. Alfred Charest, 38, was taken into custody, after police determined the gunshots came from his apartment, according to a report from VSP. State police noted that reports of gunfire started coming about 9:45 a.m. Joined by the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles Enforcement and Safety Division, the Newport Police Department, the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and U.S. Border Patrol, state police responded to the apartment building. Law enforcement had been told that some reports suggested there were multiple shooters and multiple victims. “Ambulances from several local agencies staged nearby,” noted the VSP. Access to the area was restricted as police arrived in force to determine the exact emergency and any public safety risk. Police made a decision to quickly enter the building after a VSP Crisis Negotiation Unit failed to make contact with anyone inside. Authorities evacuated apartments in the building and at a nearby building. No victims were found. Charest was located outside the building. “Police found evidence consistent with gunfire coming from his residence and penetrating other apartments and several vehicles,” noted the VSP report. Charest was arrested without incident. There was no indication that anyone else had fired a gun at the scene. The state police are working with the Orleans County State’s Attorney’s Office to determine how to charge Charest.

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