Police Reports

Vernon standoff ends with arrest

State Police crisis negotiators talked a Vernon man into ending a two-day standoff at his home late Tuesday night.

Kristopher Knutson, 49, left his Dunklee Drive home and was taken into custody by law enforcement. Troopers used minimal force in apprehending the suspect, who sustained minor injuries. No other injuries were reported.

Knutson, who declined medical attention after members of the Vermont State Police arrested him outside his home, is incarcerated at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield. He is scheduled to be arraigned at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Criminal Division of Vermont Superior Court in Brattleboro on the following charges:

  • Violation of an abuse prevention order.
  • Criminal threatening.
  • Disturbing the peace by electronic communication.

Police had been seeking to apprehend Knutson on suspicion of violating a temporary restraining order issued following a domestic dispute last week. He was known to be in possession of multiple firearms and was noncompliant with state police over the course of several days.

Negotiators began speaking with Knutson on Monday and through their extensive, prolonged efforts were successful in ensuring a peaceful ending to the situation.

Investigators remain on scene at the home where the incident unfolded, carrying out further investigation and executing search warrants. The investigation remains active and ongoing.

No one was injured in the incident. State police will release further details of the incident as the investigation progresses.

During the standoff, the public was told to expect an increased police presence in the area, including possible road closures and helicopter flights.

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