Armed robbery suspect shot by police at Montpelier High School

Armed robbery suspect shot by police at Montpelier High School

Armed robbery suspect shot by police at Montpelier High School

An armed robbery suspect shot by police during a standoff at a Vermont high school that resulted in the school locking down has died, according to authorities.

Montpelier High School and the nearby state Department of Labor were placed on lockdown following an attempted robbery at the Vermont State Employees Credit Union, across the street from the high school, just after 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

No officers were injured in the shooting.

Police did not release the suspect's name at a short news conference at Montpelier City Hall at 12:15 p.m.

"The safest place for our faculty, staff and students was inside the building". Police found the suspect near the football field at Montpelier High School. "Nobody was allowed in or out", explained Brian Ricca, Montpelier Public Schools Superintendent.

The man escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash to the school grounds, leaving money strewn on the floor of the credit union. The school is in contact with the Chief of Police.

The investigation is being treated as an officer-involved shooting by state police, which activated its major crime unit as a result of the incident.

The suspect was described as wearing a black jacket and a black hat in scanner reports.

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