BRIDPORT-On the evening of Aug. 13, 2010, members of the Vermont State Police, New Haven and Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department responded to a reported shooting at 1177 Swinton Rd. in Bridport. Troopers and wardens soon identified the shooting victim to be Peter M. Damone, 71, of Swinton Road in Bridport, and the shooter to be Tracy M. Stone, 36, of nearby Crown Point Road in Bridport.
It was learned that Damone was struck in the face by an errant bullet while standing on his own rear deck. Stone was reportedly target shooting in his own backyard with a .45-caliber handgun at the time Damone was struck down.
The distance between Damone and Stone at the time of the shooting was determined to have been approximately .42 mile.
A criminal investigation ensued with the case subsequently reviewed by Addison County State's Attorney David Fenster.
On March 9, Fenster directed Vermont State Police to process Stone for the offenses of reckless endangerment and simple assault. Stone was then booked to appear for the above-mentioned offenses in Vermont Superior Court-Addison Criminal Division on April 11.