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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Brownington man charged with first degree homicide

BROWNINGTON — Vermont State Police detectives say they have charged Jeffrey Ray, 51, of Brownington with first degree homicide for the shooting death of Rick Vreeland. Ray was ordered held without bail by Judge Kathleen Manley.

Police say that on Monday, at approximately 10:19 a.m. they received a call about a shooting at 3003 Pepin Road.

Troopers were dispatched and discovered Rick Vreeland had been shot and killed. Police say his body was laying on the ground when they arrived.

They say after a preliminary investigation Ray was identified as a suspect and taken into custody. Ray was also taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Detectives say that Ray and Vreeland knew each other, and had disputes in the past, but they are still investigating the nature of those disputes.

Ray is being lodged at Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport. He will be arraigned in Orleans District Court in Newport at 1 p.m., Tuesday May 26.

Photo taken at the crime scene on Monday afternoon.
Photo taken at the crime scene on Monday afternoon.

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