Two facing charges after shooting, break-in earlier this year in Starksboro

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STARKSBORO — Two men were charged following a shooting incident in Starksboro that took place back in May.

Police were notified of an accidental shooting on Hillside Drive on May 29 at around 5:45 a.m.

Police say initially both were uncooperative and told them that Tyler Branon, 31, of Winooski, was accidentally shot in the leg by an unknown man.

Following an investigation, it was found that Branon had gone to the home of Isaac Liberty-Hanlon, 41, of Starksboro, and forced his way into the home by breaking through the door.

According to police, Branon, who was holding a cane as a weapon, forced his way through Liberty-Hanlon’s bedroom door and demanded money.

Police say Liberty-Hanlon, while in bed, retrieved a handgun and fired a single round at Branon, hitting him in the leg.

Branon retreated from the home to a car that was waiting outside with three other occupants.

The vehicle attempted to travel to the hospital when one of the occupants in the car called 911 for medical assistance.

Authorities located the car on Route 116 in St. George.

Responding officers met with occupants and provided first-aid to Branon until rescue personnel arrived.
Branon was treated at the hospital for a gunshot wound to his leg and was released the same day.

Police say Liberty-Hanlon is a convicted felon and is prohibited from possessing a handgun.

He was scheduled to appear in court on September 21.

Branon is charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling.

He was scheduled to appear in court on the same day.