Man found dead was cousin of man shot by police in Rutland

October 10, 2019 GMT

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police say a man found dead in Salisbury is a cousin of a man fatally shot by police in a confrontation this week in Rutland.

Police identified the man found dead off of Route 53 Tuesday as 34-year-old Nicholas Louras, of Rutland. They said the cause of death is gunshot wounds and the manner of death is homicide.

Police said Louras is a cousin of 33-year-old Christopher Louras, of Rutland, who fired multiple shots in the Rutland Police Department entrance Tuesday before he led police on a chase that ended in gunfire. Christopher Louras, who was pronounced dead at a hospital, is the son of former Rutland Mayor Christopher Louras.

Gov. Phil Scott on Wednesday told WCAX-TV the events may be drug-related. Police said the investigation remains “open and active.”