HUBBARDTON, Vt., - Vermont State Police are investigating an incident after two men were found dead outside a home on Wednesday.
According to authorities, police responded to a report of a possible shooting around 1:47 p.m. Upon arrival to the Vermont Route 30 residence, two male subjects were confirmed deceased outside. Authorities say the victims sustained injuries consistent with gunshot wounds. However, a final confirmation will be made through an autopsy.
Vermont State Police say a preliminary investigation led them to believe 70-year-old Sylvester Labartino may have been involved in the incident. Around 2:22 p.m. authorities witnessed Labartino's vehicle driving on VT Route 30 in Castleton. The man was detained pending further investigation.
Upon further investigation, State Police arrested Labartino on Thursday on two counts of 2nd degree murder. He was remanded to Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility in lieu of $1,000,000 bail. He will be arraigned on Thursday.
Vermont State Police are asking anyone who may have seen a white Ford Bronco II, Labartino's vehicle, with Vermont registration EMM973, during the afternoon on Wednesday in the areas of Hubbardton, Castleton, or Fair Haven, to please contact the state police at 802-773-9101. Those who saw the vehicle can also submit an anonymous tip to www.vtips.info or send a text to "CRIMES" (274637) with keyword: VTIPS.
The investigation is ongoing.