VT AG: VSP Justified in Using Deadly Force in Barton Shooting

By Joe Gullo

Published 08/06 2014 11:13AM

Updated 08/06 2014 06:19PM

BARTON, Vt. - The Vermont Attorney General announced that two Vermont State Police troopers were justified in using deadly force in a shooting in Barton.

On May 28, FOX 44 and ABC 22 reported Eric Jackson, 27, of Lyndonville, Vt., was 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 said Jackson stopped on Burton Hill Road, changed directions and accelerated in reverse and rammed two Vermont State Police vehicles. Trooper Seth Loomis and Sergeant Denis Girouard, fearing for their safety, then 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.

Jackson was on furlough status.

The Vermont Attorney General's Office says the legal standard for the use of deadly force is whether the officer reasonably believed that they or a third party was in imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury, and that deadly force was necessary to respond to that threat.

Orleans County State’s Attorney Alan Franklin has completed a separate and independent review of the investigation and has reached the same conclusion.

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