Liquor store dipsute with intoxicated man ends with one in dead and one in cuffs, police said

Source: Vermont State police

Oct. 31 2021, Published 4:14 p.m. ET

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A man faces charges after a liquor store dispute turned deadly in Vermont, police said.

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On Oct. 29, Robert Chaplin was shot after a dispute earlier that day. The shooting occurred outside Darryl Johnson’s home after Johnson reportedly intervened at the store in the dispute between Chaplin and the clerk.

Police were called to a Hardwick, Vermont, liquor store on Oct. 20 after Chaplin was denied service because he was too intoxicated, Vermont police said.

Johnson, 48, of Greensboro, intervened in a dispute between Chaplin and the store clerk. But, Chaplin left the store before Hardwick police arrived, police said.

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Police said Chaplin then went to Johnson's home about 90 minutes later. There, a fight ensued and Johnson shot Chaplin. Johnson then left before police arrived. Hardwick Rescue transported Chaplin to the Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy determined that the cause of Chaplin's death was a gunshot wound to the arm and chest, and the manner of death was a homicide.

Johnson was arrested on Oct. 29 in connection to the shooting and was ordered held on $100,000 bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Nov. 1.


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