Rhode Island man with shotgun charged with unlawful restraint

Thomas Hynes

A Rhode Island and Tunbridge resident is in jail after he allegedly restrained a man by pointing a shotgun at him, and fired a round into the ground.

At about 2 pm September 19, State Police received a report of a shooting on New Brighton Hill Road in Tunbridge.  Further investigation revealed that Brent Morrill, 55, of Tunbridge was confronted by a neighbor, Thomas Hynes, 65, also of Rhode Island, while walking on New Brighton Hill Road.  As a result of this confrontation, a shooting took place and the victim, Morrill sustained no physical injury.  The investigation revealed that one gunshot struck the ground. 

Hynes was arrested and processed at the Royalton Barracks for Aggravated Assault and Unlawful Restraint in First Degree and was remanded to Southern State Correctional Facility on a Hold without Bail till arraignment on September 20.

Anyone who might have information that could assist investigators in this case is asked to call the Vermont State Police at the Royalton Barracks. Tips also may be submitted anonymously online at

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