Man with Lebanon County arrest record shot dead in Vermont
BURLINGTON, Vt. – A New York City man with an arrest record in Lebanon County was shot and killed early Sunday morning in Burlington, Vermont.
In a release from the Burlington Police Department at about 2:13 am Sunday, Odafemi Adedapo, 28, was shot on the sidewalk in front of 187 Church Street. Officers from the Burlington Police Department on post in the vicinity of Church and Main Streets heard the gunshots and responded to the victim’s location in less than a minute. They could not locate a pulse on the victim, so they immediately began administering CPR. He was transported to UVM medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead. Examination revealed that Adedapo had been shot numerous times with a handgun.
The New York City Police Department says Adedapo was a member of the Cashford Crips, a criminal gang operating out of East New York, Brooklyn. On September 2nd, Adedapo was shot on Schenck Avenue in Brooklyn by a group of attackers who remain at large. He has twenty prior arrests in New York City, a dozen of them felonies. His arrests include two for robbery, three for criminal possession of a loaded firearm, two for assault, seven arrests for criminal contempt (the violation of a restraining order), and miscellaneous other charges.
Adedapo was arrested in Lebanon County in 2007 for kidnapping and aggravated assault during an incident at Highland Glen Apartments. Those charges were reduced to lesser charges on a plea deal and he was released on parole in 2008.
At the time of his death, Adedapo was found with a quantity of suspected crack cocaine hidden on him.
Preliminary investigation points towards a dispute that the victim was having at the Zen Lounge at 165 Church Street a short time before he was shot. Witnesses state he was arguing with at least one other male. He then left the lounge, where he was subsequently shot.
Burlington Police say their investigation into Adedapo’s death continues.