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Man Injured in Officer-Involved Shooting in Barton
By Joe Gullo
BARTON, Vt. - A man was injured Wednesday during an officer-involved shooting in Barton. The incident happened just after 2 a.m.
Vermont State Police say Eric Jackson, 27, of Lyndonville, Vt., is accused of stealing a vehicle from a residence on U.S. Route 5 in Sutton, Vt. and then fleeing the scene at a high rate of speed.
After a long pursuit,police say Jackson stopped on Burton Hill Road, changed directions and accelerated in reverse and rammed two Vermont State Police vehicles. A press release says two troopers, fearing for their safety, discharged their weapons. The cruisers received extensive damage during the incident.
Jackson was initially transported to North Country Hospital in Newport, Vt., and was treated for gunshot wounds he received from the incident. He was later transported by ambulance to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for treatment. He is currently listed in stable condition and is receiving treatment for his wounds.
Both troopers were not injured during the incident. They are currently placed on paid administrative leave, per policy. The troopers are not being identified at this time.
Police say Jackson was wanted on escape status from the Department of Corrections.
Once the investigation is completed the case will be reviewed independently by both the Vermont Attorney General’s Office and the Orleans County State’s Attorney’s Office.