Capt. Mark Carignan
On 11/5/2020 at around 9:30am Brattleboro Police responded to a gas station on Canal Street for a report of a man who may try to injure himself. Initial reports were that the man may be armed with a gun. A responding officer reported seeing the man walking into the woods, toward nearby Brattleboro Union High School.
Additional officers responded and searched for the subject. Police contacted BUHS officials and advised them of the situation. The deparment and BUHS staff have longstanding established relationships and effective communication that allowed for this to happen quickly and efficiently. BUHS took steps to increase the safety of their campus. Questions related to those steps should be directed to the school.
After a search it was determined that the man was not in the area of BUHS. Later, officers located the subject and found that he was not armed with a gun. He was taken to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital for an evaluation. No criminal charges have been filed related to this incident.
On 2/19/19 at around 8:50pm Brattleboro Police responded to the area of 33 Oak Street for a report of the sound of gunshots. Police interviewed several people in the area, including vehicle occupants, apartment residents, and neighbors. Some witnesses reported having heard what they thought were gunshots.
Police did not locate any injured people and there were no reports of injuries by anyone. No physical evidence of gunshots was located during the initial police response. The investigation into this incident is ongoing.
Vermont State Police responded to the scene as well to assist with security
On 1/18/19 BPD officers responded to Green Street School for a report that at around 7:45am someone had approached an 11 year old child and offered to give him a ride to school. The child had been walking on Clark Avenue to his bus stop at the time. The person was unknown to the child. The child declined at which time the person said "get in the car." The child then ran away to the bus stop and the car drove off.
There is no information that the person exited the vehicle, made any attempt to grab the child, or made any threatening statements.
The person is described as a middle aged woman of unknown race with curly brown or blond hair. The vehicle is described as a light blue 4-door car, possibly a Subaru.
The investigation into this incident is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call Officer David Lockerby at 802-257-7950.
BPD would like to stress the importance of knowing the route your children take when walking to bus stops and encourage them to use sidewalks, crossing guards, and if possible to walk with other children. It is also imperative to regularly communicate with your children about what happens during their day and how they should respond to such situations.
Justin E. Clough, age 39 of Brattleboro, VT
On 6/7/18 at around 9:00PM Brattleboro Police responded to a report of a suspected explosive device at the Brattleboro Retreat. The Brattleboro Fire Department responded along with Rescue, Inc to support and assist. BPD officers met with Retreat security, who had located the device, and confirmed that it appeared to be some sort of explosive. The device was located outside of a building on the south side of the Retreat campus.
A secure perimeter was established and the area evacuated. Police and Fire set up an incident command post and began to stage additional resources. Vermont State Police and the Windham Sheriff's Department assisted.
A VSP bomb squad responded to investigate the device. They were assisted by bomb personnel out of the FBI Albany office. The device was examined with the use of a robot and was determined to be inert.
Brattleboro Police developed a suspect, named above, and began an investigation. Clough was located near the Retreat and was arrested. He was charged with placing a hoax device, a felony, and was ordered held on $2,500 bail. The investigation is ongoing.
There were no injuries reported as a result of this incident. BPD is fortunate to enjoy established positive relationships with VSP, the Windham Sheriff, Brattleboro Fire, Rescue, Inc, the FBI, and the Brattleboro Retreat. These relationships allowed for smooth interagency cooperation that resulted in the safe outcome of a dangerous situation.
On 5/29/18 at around 9:45am BPD officers responded to the area of 135 Elliot Street for a report of a man walking carrying a handgun. A Windham Deputy and VSP Trooper responded to the scene to assist. BPD’s imbedded social worker responded as well.
Officers met with the man as well as several witnesses. The man had been carrying a handgun. It was quickly determined that no crime had been committed and that there was no risk to public safety. Police cleared from the incident and the man went about his business.