Police: Rutland man killed cousin before shootout

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RUTLAND — Vermont State Police say they have determined that Christopher Louras, 33, of Rutland, was responsible for the fatal shooting of his cousin Nicholas Louras.

Police say laboratory analysis and their continued investigation into the events on Oct. 8, 2019, in Rutland and Salisbury, have helped the investigation.

Nicholas Louras, a 34-year-old Rutland resident, was found dead along Vermont Route 53, also known as Lake Dunmore Road, in Salisbury.

Police learned of the discovery of Nicholas Louras’ body while investigating the officer-involved shooting in Rutland in which Christopher Louras was killed after firing at the Rutland City Police Department building and later exchanging gunfire with officers during a motor-vehicle pursuit through the city.

Investigators say several aspects of the case, including the precise timeline of events, remain under investigation.

The case has been reviewed by the Addison County State’s Attorney’s Office, and no criminal charges are pending.