The man suspected of a cross-country armed robbery spree that included a Monday night holdup in Queensbury was shot and seriously injured by police in eastern Vermont late Friday after he committed two more holdups, police said.
Mark Triolo alleged robbed convenience stores in Weathersfield, Vermont and Westminster, Vermont just before 8 p.m. and 8:26 p.m. respectively, prompting an extensive search that led to officers searching for the black Kia sport-utility vehicle he had been driving just before 9 p.m., according to Vermont State Police.
Brattleboro, Vermont, police officers spotted it in a parking lot and pursued it when the driver fled, with the driver eventually eluding police but stopping in a driveway off a rural road in Brattleboro, police said in a news release. He tried to hide, but a resident who saw him pull in his driveway called police, leading to a confrontation in a wooded area.
Triolo refused to surrender, and three officers from the Brattleboro Police Department and a state trooper shot at him, hitting him several times, according to Vermont State Police. None of the officers was seriously injured, according to Brattleboro Police. It was unclear what, if any, injuries they did suffer, however.
A black Daisy pellet gun was recovered from the SUV Triolo had driven, police said.
Triolo was taken to a hospital in Brattleboro before he was transferred to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, New Hampshire. The extent of his injuries was unclear early Saturday, but Warren County sheriff’s officers said they understood he was expected to survive.
Arrest warrants had been issued for him earlier in the week for an armed robbery at the Speedway store on Aviation Road in Queensbury on Monday night, making off with more than $200 after displaying a handgun. He then allegedly robbed a store in Vergennes, Vermont on Tuesday night before he disappeared until resurfacing Friday night.
Police said Triolo, 46, of Lewisville, Texas, has an extensive criminal record that included prior robbery convictions in Texas, and he was on parole. He allegedly robbed a bank in Topeka, Kansas, last week and is a suspect in a bank robbery in Tennessee as well, according to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.
Police said he had acquaintances in the Middlebury, Vermont area who he had visited after the Queensbury holdup.
Brattleboro Police Chief Michael Fitzgerald said Saturday that the Brattleboro officers were placed on paid administrative leave “to allow them to manage and work through the stress” of the aftermath of the shooting as Vermont State Police investigate.