Troopers involved in Bristol shooting identified

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BRISTOL — State police have identified the two troopers who fired their patrol rifles during a shooting in Bristol on Tuesday.

The troopers were Robert Helm and Matthew Hood, both assigned to the New Haven Barracks.

Trooper Helm joined the Vermont State Police in 2014 as a trooper at the Derby Barracks. He transferred to the New Haven Barracks in September 2016

Trooper Hood began work as a trooper at the Rutland Barracks in January 2018 before transferring to New Haven in November 2019.

The troopers fired on 28-year-old Greg West, a resident of the Lower Notch Road home where the incident occurred.

On Tuesday night a 911 call was placed from a relative of West, stating that he was intoxicated, threatening, and had damaged the home where several children were inside, police say. 

The caller also indicated that West had a shotgun.

The troopers encountered West on the steep driveway between the home and Lower Notch Road.

Police say West ultimately refused to drop the shotgun, and the two troopers fired multiple rounds from their patrol rifles, striking West multiple times.

The Bristol Police Department officer who also responded to the call is identified as Jori Fairbanks.