Darryl Johnson. Photo courtesy of Vermont State Police

A Greensboro man who police say had claimed self-defense in fatally shooting another man is now facing a charge of murder.

Daryl Johnson, 48, was arrested Friday evening on a second-degree murder charge in the shooting death on Oct. 20 of Robert Chaplin, 27, of East Hardwick, according to Vermont State Police.

Johnson was held in custody for lack of $100,000 bail. He is set to be arraigned on the charge Monday in Caledonia County Superior Court in St. Johnsbury.

The shooting took place the night of Oct. 20 outside Johnson’s home on Eligo Lake Road. 

Police did not share additional details Friday night. More information is expected to be released following Johnson’s arraignment Monday when a police affidavit in support of the murder charge becomes public.

Police, in a news release last week, said the shooting took place in Greensboro after a dispute that started in Hardwick earlier in the day between the two men.  

Chaplin, according to police, went to the Hardwick Convenience Store and Deli to try to buy alcohol but was told he was too drunk. Johnson, police said, then stepped into the dispute between Chaplin and the clerk who would not sell Chaplin alcohol. 

Ninety minutes later, police said, Chaplin showed up at Johnson’s residence in Greensboro, an altercation took place outside and Johnson fatally shot Chaplin with a handgun. 

Police have not elaborated on the details of the altercation. Police previously said Johnson claimed he acted in self-defense. 

Police did not share what evidence developed between Oct. 20 and Friday night that led to Johnson’s arrest.

Following an autopsy last week, the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington ruled Chaplin’s death a homicide, caused by a gunshot to his chest and arm.

The Orleans County Sheriff’s Department initially led the investigation into the shooting but soon turned it over to Vermont State Police. 

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