On May 2nd and 3rd, 2022 the South Burlington Police Department investigated incidents involving suspects armed with handguns.

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On May 2nd, 2022 at approximately 1619 hours officers were called to Joy Drive for a report of a car that had struck a tree which fell into a housing unit.

The male operator was seen fleeing the area on foot following the crash. SBPD Sergeant Pat Mulcahy responded to the area and located the suspect on a bike path which traverses the neighborhood.

The male suspect fled from Sgt. Mulcahy and a foot pursuit ensued. The male was seen attempting to access his waist band during the foot pursuit. The foot pursuit ended on Farrell St. where Sgt. Mulcahy and other SBPD officers were able to gain compliance of the suspect.

As officers were taking the suspect into custody they located a handgun that had been discarded within arm’s reach. The suspect was identified as Edward Lamson, 22 YOA of Winooski Vermont.

Lamson was issued a citation to appear in Court on May 3rd, 2022 to answer to the charges of leaving the scene of a crash, negligent operation, resisting arrest, and being in violation of pre-trial conditions of release related to a pending criminal charge.

At approximately 0351 hours on May 3rd, 2022 officers responded to a hotel on Shelburne Road for a report of a trespass. The complainant asked officers to remove a male from her room. The male in question was identified as Roy Erno, 35 YOA of Middlebury, Vermont.

Erno had an active arrest warrant stemming from a Burlington Police case, charges included Disorderly Conduct and Unlawful Mischief. Erno was arrested pursuant to the warrant and was found to have a firearm concealed in a backpack. Erno was lodged for lack of bail and will be arraigned today on the arrest warrant charges.

 In both cases the investigation into the origin of the firearm and the prohibited status of the gun possessor is underway. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives identify prohibited persons for a number of reasons, detail can be found here.