Update: Homicide Suspect Captured After Shooting

Update (6:27 p.m., Sunday, March 4, 2018) : Vermont State Police have identified the alleged shooter and the victim in this incident. A 911 call came in at about 9:58 a.m. Sunday. Upon arrival at the scene, officers discovered a female deceased who was subsequently identified as Wanda Sanville, age 48, according to a press release. State police said an adult male at the scene identified the shooter as the victim’s estranged husband, Frank Sanville, age 70. Police said the witness “struggled with Sanville after the shooting and was able to take the gun away from him.” Sanville fled the scene prior to authorities’ arrival, but was later arrested at about 2 p.m. Sunday in a barn on Deerhaven Lane, according to the press release.
After his arrest, state police said, Sanville was transported to Gifford Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries he sustained prior to being taken into custody.
This incident is under ongoing investigation. State Police are asking anyone with information about this incident to call 802-234-9933.
By Eric Francis, Standard Correspondent
SOUTH ROYALTON – The suspect in a homicide that was reported mid-morning on Sunday in South Royalton was captured early in the afternoon following a manhunt through several properties near the shooting scene on Happy Hollow Road.
 
Little was immediately known about the incident beyond the fact that the suspect is a man and the victim was shot to death.
 
A large contingent of state police troopers joined Royalton officers and police from several surrounding agencies as they searched among the homes, barns, sugarhouses and other outbuilding along the length of Happy Hollow Road, the entrance to which is on Route 14.
 
The shooting was reported just before 10 a.m. and police located the suspect near a barn on Deerhaven Lane, a dead-end which branches off from Happy Hollow, shortly after 2 p.m.
 
The suspect was transported to the Royalton State Police Barracks and officials there said they expect to make more information available about what had transpired some time later on Sunday.

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