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Woman Guns Down DCF Worker, May Have Murdered 3 Family Members

Lara Sobel died from two gunshot wounds as she left the DCF office at the Barre City Place, 219 North Main St., at about 4:45 p.m., Barre City Police Chief Tim Bombardier said.

The suspect, Jody Herring, was tackled by eyewitnesses and held until police arrived, the chief said.

A rifle with a scope lay under a window of City Place, which houses some state offices. The weapon was described by the chief as a “fairly high caliber hunting rifle.”

Herring lost custody of her 9-year-old child July 10, Bombardier said at a news conference about four hours after the shooting. The child remains in state custody.

The shooting occurred a few hundred yards from the state courthouse, which handles family and criminal court matters.

Officials: DCF worker killed after custody dispute. Burlington Free Press, 8/8/2015.

Dead are two sisters, Rhonda Herring and Regina Herring, and their mother, Julie Ann Falzarano, according to a family member.

The sisters are in their 40s, said Tiffany Herring, 23, who identified herself as the daughter of Rhonda Herring. Falzarano is in her 70s. The information about the victims was confirmed by Gov. Peter Shumlin and other Vermont public-safety officials during a Saturday-night news conference.

Tiffany Herring said she discovered the bodies at about 8 a.m. Saturday when she and a friend went to the family’s farmhouse on Airport Road in Berlin.

“Both doors were wide open, and I walked into the living room, and that’s where I saw my mom dead,” Tiffany Herring told the Burlington Free Press.

Tiffany Herring said Rhonda and Regina Herring are cousins of Jody Herring, 40, the suspect in Friday’s killing.

Jody Herring of Barre Town was tackled by bystanders and witnesses at about 4:45 p.m. Friday after fatally shooting Vermont Department for Children and Families case worker Lara Sobel outside her office building in downtown Barre, police said.

The three victims in Berlin were shot to death, Tiffany Herring said.

It was not immediately clear who owned the Airport Road home.

The police and Vermont Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn have said only that they are investigating a possible link between the Berlin slayings and Friday’s shooting in Barre.

Tiffany Herring told the Burlington Free Press that it appeared Folzorano was shot in bed, while Rhonda Herring showed signs of a struggle.

Jody Herring had called Rhonda Herring on Friday morning, Tiffany Herring said.

“My mother got a call in the morning, maybe 7:30 or 8 o’clock, saying it was Jody Herring, saying ‘You guys need to stop calling DCF unless you guys are going to have it coming to you,'” Tiffany Herring said.

Relative: 3 slain in Berlin linked to DCF suspect. Burlington Free Press, 8/9/2015.

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