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Police ID Salisbury, Vt., homicide as cousin of man killed in Rutland shootout

Published: 10/10/2019 10:16:39 PM
Modified: 10/10/2019 10:16:28 PM

RUTLAND — Police have identified a man found dead on the edge of a road in Salisbury, Vt., as Nicholas Louras, the nephew of former Rutland City Mayor Christopher Louras whose son, Christoper G. Louras, was killed Tuesday morning in a downtown shootout with police.

Vermont State Police, in a release issued Thursday morning, said 34-year-old Nicholas Louras, of Rutland, died of gunshot wounds and his death is considered a homicide.

Police have said they believe there is a link between the Christopher Louras shootout and the homicide probe involving his cousin in Salisbury.

The homicide investigation in Salisbury began Tuesday afternoon after a passerby saw a body off the edge of Route 53 in the Addison County town. Police released the name of the victim Thursday morning after receiving confirmation through an autopsy.

The release does not say what role, if any, Christopher Louras may have had in Nicholas Louras’ death.

Maj. Dan Trudeau, head of the state police criminal division, reached Thursday via text, said it’s too early to comment on what role, if any, the younger Christopher Louras had in his cousin’s death.

“Further investigation, to include interviews, forensic examination and analysis of digital media is still necessary to establish factual evidence,” Trudeau wrote.

The release issued Thursday by state police said the investigation into the cases remain ongoing, “spanning multiple scenes.”

The release added: “Among the pending components of the investigation is determining a possible motive for Christopher Louras’ actions.”

Also, according to the release, police say they do not believe there is any ongoing danger to the public.

Gov. Phil Scott, at his weekly press conference Wednesday, said the cases may be tied to drugs.

“It appears that some of this could be drug-related,” the governor said. “We’re not sure at this point, the investigation is ongoing.”

Police have said they believe the younger Christopher Louras drove up to the Rutland City police station around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday and fired shots into the front entrance of the building.

About 90 minutes later, police located the vehicle he was in, a white Ford Focus, and after a short pursuit, Christopher Louras exchanged gunfire with four police officers. Louras was struck and killed. No officers were injured in the shootout.

Nicholas Louras is also the nephew of current Rutland City Mayor David Allaire.

Nicholas Louras made headlines across the state when he was charged in federal court in Vermont in 2014 and later pleaded guilty and received a time-served sentence after successfully completing a drug court program, court records state.

When Nicholas Louras was charged in that federal case, his uncle, the elder Chirstopher Louras, was mayor of Rutland and issued a statement, according to an Associated Press report at that time, saying “that the scourge of opiates can reach into and destroy any family.”

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