Statehouse Police Seize Muzzleloader From Car After Arrest

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Police seized a muzzle loading rifle from a man who was arrested on charges of suspicion of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after an incident in the Montpelier Statehouse, Capitol Police said.

Statehouse police were called to the office of the sergeant at arms on Tuesday after receiving a report of a disorderly person.

House Speaker Jill Krowinski said in a letter to lawmakers Thursday that the incident was directed at the speaker’s office and the individual had previously sent threatening communications to her office. The Democrat said her office was able to alert police, who adjusted security levels.

"The Capitol Police attempted to de-escalate the individual, however, the situation escalated and the individual was detained and transferred to a secure place for mental health evaluation and remains detained,” she wrote. “During this incident, this individual made comments which resulted in a search of their vehicle where a firearm was found.”

Krowinski wrote that she wanted “all members and staff to know that this was an isolated incident and the individual was there specifically to address myself and my office."

“The building, members, and staff have not been mentioned in any communications and have not been referenced during the following investigation period,” she added.

Police said a minimum amount of force was used during the arrest, but no one was injured, police said. Police did not release the name of the suspect.

During the arrest, the individual made statements that led officers to impound his vehicle apply for a search warrant.

Police recovered a muzzleloader rifle from the vehicle.

The individual was admitted to a medical facility for mental health screening under a mental health warrant.