IRASBURG — A 33-year-old man from Irasburg is facing numerous charges after an incident that took place on Wednesday.
Police responded to Simino Lane for a report of an escalating incident in which a man was intoxicated and fighting with family members.
The suspect was identified as Joshua Hall.
Police say Hall began shooting a shotgun at family members. State Police arrived at the scene moments later and led the victims to a safe location.
According to the report, Hall was highly intoxicated and shot several shotgun rounds at the victims and at the dogs.
Police began informing neighbors of the incident and contained the area.
After speaking with Hall over the phone police were able to take him into custody after a short period without further incident.
A statement regarding the incident issued by Trooper Joshua Mikkola reads:
“The investigation revealed Hall and a victim had been arguing earlier that evening after Hall had been consuming a large amount of alcohol. When family members arrived to help the victim leave the residence, Hall became upset and would not allow another victim to call 911 for help. During the struggle over the phone to call for help, Hall knocked over a small child causing the child to receive a facial injury. The incident then escalated when the victims began leaving. Hall exited the residence with a shotgun and began shooting at the victims and then the dogs. Nobody was injured by the projectiles, however, Hall approached a victim and struck the victim in the face with the buttstock of the shotgun. The victims were able to escape as Vermont State Police arrived at the residence.”
Hall was held at Northern State Correctional Facility and appeared in court today to answer to the charges of first degree aggravated domestic assault, second degree aggravated domestic assault, aggravated assault with a weapon, interference with access to emergency services, reckless endangerment, and cruelty to a child.