Crime

Man shot to death in drug-related car chase

Logan Pratt, 33, of Swanton died Sunday afternoon after being shot in a drug-related car chase early Saturday morning in Highgate.

Sunday night, the Vermont State Police arrested Joshua LaFromboise, 29, of Highgate on suspicion of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder. LaFromboise is a resident of the home at 4757 U.S. Route 7 where the incident began. Police believe the shooting was drug-related.

Investigators have learned that Pratt and Brittnie Blanchard, 30, of Swanton had been visiting the LaFromboise house early Saturday morning when an altercation occurred. Blanchard and Pratt fled the home at about 5:15 a.m. in a silver 2017 Volkswagen Passat with Vermont license plates, with Blanchard driving and Pratt in the front passenger seat. LaFromboise pursued them in a black 2012 Subaru Legacy with Vermont plates.

Witness statements and evidence gathered by state police investigators indicates that about four miles south of the residence on Route 7, LaFromboise fired multiple rounds from a handgun at the Passat, striking the vehicle and Pratt. The VW’s rear windshield shattered, and Pratt was critically injured. The car went off the road and into a field before Blanchard returned to the street and continued driving, with LaFromboise still pursuing the Passat.

A vehicle chase then passed through multiple towns including Highgate, Swanton and St. Albans following U.S. Route 7, Vermont Route 78, Canada Street, Grand Avenue, and Highgate Road (also known as Vermont Route 207).

When Blanchard reached the intersection of Route 207 and Paquette Drive near the St. Albans/Swanton town line, she encountered Franklin County Sheriff’s Department deputies, waved them down and stopped her vehicle. The deputies provided immediate first aid to Pratt, who was subsequently taken by ambulance to the hospital. By this point, LaFromboise’s whereabouts were unknown.

An autopsy on Pratt is scheduled to take place at the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington to confirm the cause and manner of death.

LaFromboise is expected to be arraigned Monday in the Criminal Division of Vermont Superior Court in St. Albans. He was being detained Sunday night pending the court’s determination of bail and conditions.

Pratt was arrested in 2015 in connection with the theft of Vermont State Police gear, including a bullet-proof vest, from a cruiser.

Lewd & Lascivious in Lyndonville – Robert T. Mason, 25 of Lyndonville, was arrested and cited last week to appear in Caledonia County Criminal Court May 16, 2022, to answer the charges of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child and Lewd and Lascivious Conduct with a Child.

On May 3, an investigation involving the aggravated sexual assault of a child was initiated after a complaint was made to state troopers. In the days following, a juvenile female victim disclosed instances of sexual assault and sexual abuse which occurred in Lyndonville over the last few months.

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