Darryl Johnson, 48, of Greensboro, was arrested Friday, Oct. 29, on suspicion of second-degree murder in the shooting death of an East Hardwick man, the culmination of an argument between the two men, police say.
Johnson was jailed for lack of $100,000 bail, and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday, Nov. 1, 1 p.m., in Vermont Superior Court in Newport.
According to Vermont State Police, Robert Chaplin, 27, was fatally shot around 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, by Johnson following a dispute.
The shooting happened at Johnson’s home on Eligo Lake Road — also known as Route 14 — in Greensboro, roughly midway between the Hardwick and Craftsbury town lines. Chaplin was taken to Copley Hospital in Morrisville, where he was pronounced dead.
The chief medical examiner’s office called the death a homicide and determined Chaplin died of a gunshot wound to the arm and chest. Johnson was not taken into custody and had not been charged as of press time, with police saying the investigation is still ongoing.
Police say the events that led to the shooting started an hour and a half earlier, when Chaplin tried to buy alcohol at the Hardwick Kwik Stop at the corner of Routes 15 and 14. The store clerk refused to sell to Chaplin because he thought Chaplin was too drunk and called Hardwick Police Department.
Johnson, who was also at the store, intervened in the argument between Chaplin and the store clerk, and Chaplin left before Hardwick police arrived.
About 90 minutes later, Chaplin showed up at Johnson’s home and the two argued outside before Johnson fired a handgun, hitting Chaplin.
Vermont State Police took over the case at the request of the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department, which is still assisting — along with the Orleans County State’s Attorney’s office — in the investigation.
State police say they believe the incident to be isolated, with no threat to public safety.
Anyone with information that might assist in this investigation is asked to contact the Vermont State Police in Derby at 802-334-8881. Tips also may be submitted online anonymously at vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit.
This story was originally published on Oct. 22 at 11:25 a.m. It has been updated and republished with more information.