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RUTLAND, Vt. — Following the autopsy performed by the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office on Wednesday, the Vermont State Police is able to positively identify the victim found deceased Tuesday in Salisbury as Nicholas Louras, 34, of Rutland. The cause of death is gunshot wounds, and the manner of death is homicide.

Louras is a cousin of Christopher G. Louras, 33, of Rutland, who died after exchanging gunfire with Rutland City and Rutland Town police officers Tuesday morning in downtown Rutland. The cause of death for Christopher Louras is gunshot wounds, and the manner of death is homicide.

The investigation into this case continues to be open and active, spanning multiple scenes and involving numerous members of the Vermont State Police Major Crime Unit, Bureau of Criminal Investigations, Crime Scene Search Team, Field Force Division and Support Services Division, along with the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife. Among the pending components of the investigation is determining a possible motive for Christopher Louras’ actions.

No other individuals were injured during these incidents, and police do not believe there is any ongoing danger to the public.

Additional information will continue to be released as it becomes available.

The Vermont State Police would still like to speak with anyone who has information about these events and encourages possible witnesses to call the Rutland barracks at 802-773-9101.

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