Death investigation in Williamstown

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WILLIAMSTOWN — Police are investigating a death in Williamstown that took place early this morning.

At around 1:56 a.m. a VSP trooper came upon a vehicle that was stopped in the middle of Rood Pond Road.

Police say the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle appeared to be sleeping behind the wheel of the running vehicle.

The trooper initiated contact, at which time the driver woke up and speed off at a high rate of speed and subsequently went off the roadway and struck a tree.

Fire and rescue personnel were immediately dispatched to the scene.

Police say the driver was conscious and alert but pinned in the vehicle.

Shortly thereafter, the trooper heard a single gunshot and discovered the operator deceased from a single gunshot wound.

Police say this remains an active investigation.

No further information is available at this time, police say.