Massachusetts teen arrested in St. Johnsbury homicide case

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ST. JOHNSBURY — A 15-year-old male from Springfield, Massachusetts, has been arrested and charged as an adult in connection with the fatal shooting of Christina Chatlos, 38, in St. Johnsbury on Jan. 23.

The suspect, who will face second-degree murder charges in Vermont, is accused of shooting Chatlos during a confrontation outside 510 Portland Street.

He was initially detained on an unrelated Massachusetts warrant and extradited there, remaining in juvenile custody during the ongoing homicide investigation. Today, the Massachusetts State Police arrested him on a Vermont murder warrant, with an initial juvenile court appearance scheduled later that day in Hampden County, Massachusetts.

The Caledonia County State’s Attorney’s Office is working to extradite the suspect back to Vermont. Arraignment details are yet to be determined.

The investigation into Chatlos’ death revealed she suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the torso. The autopsy, conducted at the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington on Jan. 25, confirmed the manner of death as homicide.

Initial inquiries into the incident began on Jan. 23, when St. Johnsbury police were alerted to a vehicle with bullet holes and a body inside at 510 Portland Street.

This sparked a broad investigation involving various units of the Vermont State Police and the St. Johnsbury Police Department.

The state police have since processed the crime scene, interviewed witnesses, and canvassed the area for evidence, including video footage.

The state police continue to request information from the public, urging anyone with relevant details or surveillance footage to contact the St. Johnsbury Barracks at 802-748-3111 .

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