Cops: Man Killed Family Member in Burlington Cleaver Attack


Burlington police say a man who last week "sought police attention" for domestic issues killed his wife with a meat cleaver and severely injured his mother-in-law Thursday afternoon.

Authorities arrested the suspect, a 34-year-old man whose name has not been released, after he attacked the victims at a home on Hyde Street in the Old North End of Burlington.

Police say they had recent contact with Gurung when he called them on October 7 to be treated "for mental health issues and concerns about his deteriorating relationship with his wife", according to the tweeted press release.

Yogeswari Khadka, 32, died in the attack after suffering severe head and skull injuries. She was in critical condition, officials said. The child was at school at the time of the deadly assault, which began not long after Gurung was released from the hospital. The violence took place at the family home and ended outside, with one armed neighbor intervening and detaining Gurung until police arrived, del Pozo said.

Police called EMS and he was transported to UVM Medical Center, where his father-in-law reported he was voluntarily admitted for a mental health evaluation. "Upon his request, he was discharged today".

Gurung has been arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder and attempted murder, according to jail records.

Gurung is expected to be arraigned Friday at the Chittenden County criminal division of the Vermont Superior Court in Burlington.