Man shot in standoff with troopers was suspect in fires

May 14, 2019

TUNBRIDGE, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police say the man shot and killed during an armed standoff with troopers was a suspect in a series of suspicious fires in Tunbridge.

Police said Jeremy Potwin was wanted for questioning in connection with a fire that destroyed a vacant home and garage, and in two other fires last month.

Police say they learned on Saturday that Jeremy Potwin was in a home in Tunbridge holding a woman hostage. They say he fired multiple shots out of the home during a negotiation. Police say Potwin eventually emerged carrying two handguns and pointed one at police. Troopers then fired, striking him fatally.

Police also said Potwin had two warrants out for his arrest and was a suspect in an assault and kidnapping last week. He also was wanted for questioning in a car chase.