Murder suspect captured near shooting scene in South Royalton

Four hour manhunt ends in arrest near Happy Hollow Road

SOUTH ROYALTON - A 70-year-old South Royalton man shot his wife to death inside their family home on Happy Hollow Road Sunday morning before he fled the scene and led police on a manhunt through nearby properties that ended with his apprehension a little more than four hours later on a property less than half a mile from the residence where the shooting occurred.

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    Frank William Sanville was apprehended just after 2 p.m. shortly after a neighbor spotted him near a barn on Deerhaven Lane, a dead-end which branches off from Happy Hollow.

    State Police reported receiving a 911 call just before 10 a.m. Sunday morning reporting that Wanda Sanville, 48, had been shot dead in her home and that an adult male witness at the home had struggled with Frank Sanville immediately afterwards and managed to take the gun away from him before he fled the home.

    Vermont State Police troopers and detectives from across southern Vermont were joined at the scene by officers from several regional police agencies as the manhunt unfolded Sunday morning amidst the houses, barns, sugarhouses, sheds and campers that were on several properties along the steep wooded dirt road.

    A Hartford police officer blocked off the entrance to Happy Hollow Road where it intersected with Route 14, a point which is visible from the Vermont Law School campus which sits just across the White River, as police scoured the wooded areas alongside it and nearby Route 110 during the early hours of the manhunt.

    The suspect was found in a barn on a neighboring property and taken into custody without incident and was taken to the Royalton State Police Barracks for questioning before he was transported to the Gifford Medical Center for treatment of injuries that police said he sustained prior to his arrest.  

Police said they expect to be able to release more details later Sunday afternoon.

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