Man facing charges following officer-involved shooting in Bennington County

Vermont News

An investigation is underway following a non-fatal officer-involved shooting in Arlington.

Police say Matt Novick, 40, is undergoing treatment for multiple gunshot wounds at Albany Medical Center.

Novick is accused of shooting multiple times at responding troopers.

Police say they were responding to Novick’s residence after a family member reported he was having a mental-health crisis at 3:50 a.m.

When troopers arrived on scene at 4:40 a.m., police say they saw Novick standing in the doorway area of the home with what appeared to be an AK-47-style semi-automatic rifle.

Several nearby homes were evacuated when they heard gunshots coming from the area of the home. 

Police say their preliminary investigation found that Novick went down the driveway and fired in the direction of law enforcement. Troopers then took cover and began returning fire.

He was shot multiple times and was provided medical attention. His condition is listed in stable but critical condition.

Novick is expected to be arrested and face extradition to Vermont upon his discharge from the hospital. He’s facing attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault with a weapon charges.

Police say at least six rounds struck a state police cruiser.

The two troopers involved in the shooting were identified as Shawn Sommers and Raymond Witkowski are on paid administrative leave for a minimum of five days, per policy.

The number of rounds fired by the troopers is still under investigation.

Police say because no troopers from the Shaftsbury Barracks were on duty, it lengthened the response time to the incidents. Sommers and Witkowski were on call and responded to the scene from their homes.

The incident is under investigation by the Vermont State Police’s Major Crime Unit. The investigation will also be reviewed independently by both the Vermont Attorney General’s Office and the Bennington County State’s Attorney’s office to determine whether the shooting was justified.

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