Man killed in West Rutland shooting

WEST RUTLAND On April 19, Vermont State Police officers were dispatched to 76 Smith St. in West Rutland for a report of a shooting. When troopers arrived, they discovered 36-year-old Sean Grant deceased from gunshot wounds. There were four other people in the residence at the time of this shooting. The investigation, conducted by the detectives from the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Uniformed State Troopers, deputies from the Rutland County Sheriffs Department, the Rutland County States Attorneys Office, and members of the Vermont Crime Lab, revealed that the deceased, Sean Grant, had become involved in an argument with his step-daughter, Alyssia Pelkey. The argument became heated, and the deceased went upstairs and retrieved a revolver. He set the revolver down and continued arguing with Alyssia Pelkey. Alyssias brother, Eric Hall, came to his sisters aid and Grant then turned on Hall, grabbing him around the throat. Alyssias boyfriend, Glenn Rathjen, then also attempted to help Hall and Pelkey. All parties then report hearing a gunshot. Investigation revealed that Wendy Pelkey-Grant, the wife of the deceased, had retrieved the revolver that Grant had set down and shot Grant several times. Pelkey-Grant stated that she was in fear of her childrens safety and only wanted to stop Grant. Alcohol appears to have been a factor in this incident, as the deceased was intoxicated according to all four witnesses. This investigation will be reviewed by the Rutland County States Attorneys Office for recommendations to decide if there will be charges.

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