ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. — A man wanted for a fatal stabbing on the grounds at the Champlain Valley Fair was arrested Monday at a shopping center in Williston, police said.

Jacob St. Amour, of Williston, didn’t resist police officers when they found him at the Maple Tree Place and took him into custody, police said. The man, who’s expected to be charged with murder, was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

The victim, Ryan Durkin, of South Burlington, was stabbed once in the chest and was pronounced dead late Sunday at a hospital in Burlington.

Witnesses said St. Amour, 20, and Durkin, 22, were engaged in a dispute about an hour before the fair was to close Sunday evening. The victim was initially on his feet but collapsed, Essex police Chief Brad LaRose said.

Police were looking into what preceded the stabbing.

A knife believed to have been used in the stabbing was recovered from a vehicle owned by one of St. Amour’s friends, and the friend was cooperating with investigators, police said.

Fair officials said they were going to review security in light of the killing, but an official said people should not be discouraged from attending out of safety concerns.

More information was expected to be released when St. Amour appears in court. It was unknown Sunday evening if he had retained a lawyer.

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