Suicide shuts down Vermont Route 105 in Derby for over 3 hours

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DERBY — A 41-year-old man from Derby took his own life today, after a 3-hour standoff with police.

At approximately 9:40 a.m., police say Burton Lawson telephoned and advised that he was at his residence and was going to take his own life with a rifle.

State troopers as well as the Orleans county Sheriff’s department and a DMV officer responded to the residence, located at 2876 Vermont Route 105, and set up a perimeter around the home.

Lawson was alone inside.

Vermont Route 105 was blocked off and traffic was detoured around the location for approximately 3.5 hours.

Police say they made telephone contact with Lawson and after about 3 hours, they heard a single gunshot.

Entry was made by police into the home, where they found Lawson dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

According to a statement issued by police, Lawson had not made any threats towards law enforcement or to anyone else.

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