Winooski police officer charged with strangling, restraining by force, and threatening woman

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ALBURGH — A 31-year-old Winooski Police Department officer from Alburgh is facing a slew of charges following an investigation that began early this month.

Police say Christopher Matott has been cited on suspicion of repeatedly physically assaulting and threatening a woman with whom he was in a relationship.

Matott is also currently assigned to a Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force in Vermont.

The investigation began Feb. 6, when the state police were contacted by the Grand Isle County Sheriff’s Department after sheriff’s deputies served an Extreme Risk Protection Order that had been taken out against Matott.

The Sheriff’s Department requested that state police investigate the allegations.

The 29-year-old victim met with detectives from the state police and provided a statement along with other supporting evidence.

The victim detailed a series of physical assaults that included strangling, being restrained by force, receiving repeated threats of death and violence, and being prevented from leaving a room or residence.

According to the victim and the evidence she provided, the assaults took place on at least four occasions from July 2019 and to January 2020 at a home in Alburgh and a hotel in South Burlington.

Today the State’s Attorney’s Office reviewed the state police affidavit and requested a citation be issued to Matott for the violations.

Matott was ordered to appear at 12:45 p.m. Thursday in the Criminal Division of Vermont Superior Court in North Hero to answer the charges.

Following service of the Extreme Risk Protection Order, Matott’s firearms were seized, and he was suspended from duty with the Winooski Police Department.

He is charged with aggravated domestic assault, domestic assault, criminal threatening, and 2nd-degree unlawful restraint