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January 17, 2018

A pair of shoes and other items lie on the ground at the site of an officer-involved shooting in Montpelier, Vt., on Tuesday Jan. 18, 2018. Police said an armed suspect, who tried to rob the Vermont State Employees Credit Union across the street from Montpelier High School, was shot and killed by police on the school grounds. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Latest on the robbery suspect killed by officers on school grounds. (all times local):

8:40 p.m.

Vermont State Police say law enforcement officers fatally shot a robbery suspect on high school grounds after he refused their orders to drop his weapon and made threatening statements.

The shooting happened Tuesday morning on Montpelier High School’s athletic field.

State police say 32-year-old Nathan Giffin, of Essex, had robbed a credit union across the street from the high school and made his way to the athletic field.

Numerous law enforcement agencies responded and surrounded Giffin.

State police say officers shot him after he refused their orders to drop his handgun and made threatening statements toward law enforcement including suicidal statements. Giffin was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Montpelier High School and the nearby state Department of Labor were placed on lockdown.

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This story has been corrected to show that police now say the robbery suspect’s first name is Nathan, not Nathaniel.

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1 p.m.

Police in Vermont’s capital city say officers fatally shot an attempted robbery suspect on high school grounds.

Montpelier High School and the nearby state Department of Labor were placed on lockdown following an attempted robbery at the Vermont State Employees Credit Union, across the street from the high school, just after 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Police Chief Anthony Facos said the suspect died after being shot. State police described it as an officer-involved shooting. No other details were released.

Montpelier Superintendent Brian Ricca says the high school was locked down at around 9:45 a.m. Other city schools were not affected.

Police are planning to release more information later. The shooting is being investigated by the state police.

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