Hardwick, Vermont’s Wayne Tallman swings excavator at troopers Gabe Schrauf, Skylar Velasquez


Wayne Tallman, 52, and Amy Tallman, 48, are the parents of Brandon Tallman, 24. They all live in Hardwick, Vermont, United States.

Gabe Schrauf, 28, and Skylar Velasquez, 23, are Vermont state troopers. They both live in Barre, Vermont.

On June 14, 2022, Schrauf and Velasquez tried to arrest Brandon outside the arrestee’s house in Hardwick. The troopers grappled with Brandon before throwing the arrestee to the ground.


Amy tried to intervene and was also arrested. While Schrauf and Velasquez were trying to handcuff Amy and Brandon, a red excavator approached the troopers down the driveway.

Wayne was driving the excavator. One of the two troopers drew his gun when the excavator’s metal shovel started swinging while the other trooper  restrained Amy and Brandon on the ground.


Brandon was charged with aggravated assault and burglary while Amy was cited for impeding an officer. Wayne was also arrested and charged with aggravated assault on a protected official, resisting arrest, impeding and reckless endangerment.

Aside from Hardwick, Wayne has lived in other parts of Vermont including Wolcott and Elmore. He owns Tallman Excavating, which was established in 1992 and based in Hardwick.

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