A Morrisville man wanted for an alleged domestic kidnapping injured a responding police officer in a shootout late Thursday night, state police say.
Henry Lovell, 24, is still at large, state police said at 7:30 AM this morning. Schools have been closed for the day.
The investigation is continuing this morning into the shooting incident that occurred Thursday night in Morrisville after the Morristown Police Department responded to a reported kidnapping and domestic disturbance involving Lovell, a family member and another individual.
A Morristown officer who responded to the disturbance at the apartment near the intersection of Upper Main and Pleasant streets was met with gunfire upon his arrival on scene. The officer recognized Lovell from previous interactions and returned fire. During the exchange, the Morristown officer sustained minor injuries. He was treated and released at Copley Hospital.
Evidence at the scene indicates that Lovell used a shotgun during his exchange of gunfire Thursday night with a Morristown police officer. Afterward, surveillance footage from the nearby Veterans of Foreign Wars post shows that Lovell entered the building carrying the shotgun, at which point a patron wrestled the weapon away, and Lovell fled the building on foot. He has not been seen since this encounter, which occurred at about 9 p.m. Thursday.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, including a helicopter, and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have joined the operation, which also includes members of the Vermont State Police, Morristown Police Department, Stowe Police Department, and Lamoille County Sheriff’s Department. Significant police activity continues in Morrisville, roads are closed, and members of the public are asked to avoid the area.
Police ask any members of the public who might have surveillance cameras in the area to contact the Morristown Police Department at 802-888-4211.