Terror in the North Country by Trooper Ed Twohig, Vermont State Police ( Page 2 )
the past and she was frightened of what Drega might do.
When she saw the bullet riddled New Hampshire State
Police Cruiser pull up in front of the building she took
note. When she recognized Carl Drega get out of it, she
began to run through the building screaming to other
people there, warning them to run. Drega pursued her
throughout the building and shot and killed her. In the
process, newspaper editor Dennis Joos tried to take the
gun away from Drega. A struggle ensued and Joos also was
The Mind of a Maniac
then left town in the stolen police cruiser, and drove to
his home. During the incident, he had been wearing a full
beard and once at his home he shaved it off and changed
his clothing in a move calculated to confuse law
enforcement. He poured some gasoline over his front door
in a calculated effort to start a partial fire. It was
later learned that the front door had been rigged to
trigger an explosive device similar to the one used to
destroy the Federal Building in Oklahoma City. This was
an attempt to lure rescue workers to the door and kill
the firemen and police officers that responded to his
home in a huge explosion.
|were so booby trapped that
the decision was made to burn the house and barn down
rather than risk more law enforcement lives in an effort
to collect evidence.
Flight to Vermont
After leaving the home,
the gunman headed west towards Vermont. Law enforcement
in both states were scrambling to respond. As New
Hampshire Troopers and Game Wardens surged toward the
border area, so did Vermont Troopers, Game Wardens and
Border Patrol Officers. Troopers from Derby, St.
Johnsbury and Bradford, with minimal information sealed
off every bridge along the Connecticut River looking for
a stolen New Hampshire Cruiser.
|from a distance. He staked
out a spot on the adjacent hillside which proved a clear
field of fire toward the roadway surrounding the stolen
cruiser. In a final attempt to confuse and gain a
tactical advantage over law enforcement officers, the
gunman donned the bullet proof vest assigned to the
cruiser and also one of the slain Trooper's Stetsons.
Then he waited for the officers that would inevitably
come to find the cruiser.
Brunswick Constable K. Dean Hook, Jr. and his son, Daniel Hook aided the search for the vehicle and located it on the logging road. They returned to the command post that had been set up on Dennis Pond Road. Due to the fact that Vermont State Police cars cannot communicate with each other, one car from each Department was parked next to each other so that the commanders at the scene could exchange information. Lieutenant George Hacking of VSP St. Johnsbury and Lieutenant Leo Jellison of NHSP Troop F were both on hand to direct the manhunt for the gunman.
with the Hooks, a scout team was assembled from law
enforcement officers from multiple agencies. Trooper Russ
Robinson and K-9 "Major" and Trooper Eric
Albright from Vermont were joined by New Hampshire
Troopers Jeff Caulder and Robert Haase, along with U.S.
Border Patrol Agent John Pfeifer and Essex County Sheriff
Amos Colby. The group was briefed on the suspect's
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