Vermont woman brings cookies to father, he then shoots and kills her, police say

vermont daughter visits father he shoots and kills her
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May 6 2021, Published 12:34 p.m. ET

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Not so sweet. 

A Vermont woman brought cookies to her father, and then he fatally shot his daughter, according to police. 

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Karina Rheaume, 38, went to her father’s home for a visit during the afternoon of April 27, Vermont State Police said.

When Rheaume didn’t come back home after several hours, her friend Troy Brock, 50, decided to go to her father’s house, police said.

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When he got to the house, Brock had a run-in with her father, James Perry Jr., 70, authorities said.

Brock said Perry was at the front door holding a rifle, pointing it at him, police said.

Brock said Perry told him that Rheaume was dead and if he took one step closer, he would be dead too, the VTDigger reported.

Brock then went to a neighbor’s home and called 911, police said.

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State troopers arrived at the home and Perry was inside and refused to come out, authorities said.

Perry left the house around 1 a.m. and was arrested, police said.


According to authorities, Perry told them he shot his daughter because he was concerned that unknown people were playing “gun games” with him and he asked her not to come to his house.

Perry thought his daughter was being used as a “ploy” by people to enter his house, police said.

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Police said that Perry told them he has been paranoid for the past couple weeks and has not slept because of these unknown people and their gun games.

Perry said he saw his daughter arrive and picked up his gun, as he could see her holding cookies and waving at him and trying to open the unlocked door, authorities said.

He told police he was “just so nervous” and he “didn’t want her to come in” and “didn’t want the cookies.”

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Perry told her to stop and then said to police, “I’ve been stressed out for a couple weeks, and I just, I guess I, pulled the trigger. And then I pulled it more, and then I cut her neck.”

According to police, Perry said he believed he used a pocket knife to stab his daughter and shot her multiple times in the head and chest.

Perry’s son told police his father’s mental health has been getting worse and he’s had outbursts of anger issues in the past.

Perry was charged with second-degree murder, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment, according to police.

He is being held without bail while waiting for his next court date.


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