A Vermont man is in the hospital Wednesday night after being shot by police following a high speed chase through the Northeast Kingdom.
Eric Jackson, 27, of Lyndonville could be facing Attempted Aggravated Assault charges.
Police say, he stole up to 3 cars overnight and intentionally rammed one of them into 2 loaded police cruisers.
“Everybody's been talking about it, different stories about a police chase,” said Tracy Stone of Irasburg, VT.
Police say it all started on Route 5 in Sutton at around 3am Wednesday morning when a stolen service truck was spotted.
“That was the call that got the troopers into that area and then another vehicle was stolen,” explained Vermont State Police Colonel Tom L’Esperance. “Trooper went up in that area located the stolen vehicle driving down the road and the operator made the decision to flee from the police."
The chase lasted about 15 minutes, taking police from Route 5 to Burton Hill Road in Barton.
Police say it was Eric Jackson, 27, of Lyndonville, Vermont.
“The chase ended violently on a dirt road, in a very remote section of a roadway where the defendant made a conscious decision to smash his vehicle multiple times with both cruisers when the troopers involved at that time discharged their firearms in an effort to stop the violence,” said Col. L’Esperance.
Police say 2 troopers shot at Jackson. It does not know how many shots were fired or how many wounds Jackson sustained but that he was injured. No troopers were hurt.
“What concerns all of us is what causes someone to make decisions like this gentleman, this person made leading up to that: fleeing the police and then to go on a rampage to try to hurt these troopers,” said Col. L’Esperance.
Police say Jackson was wanted on escape status by the Department of Corrections.
“It was a violation of his furlough. He has an extensive criminal record, multiple felonies, burglaries, domestic charges, drug charges, gun charges,” said Col. L’Esperance.
Specifically, some charges on his record include Attempting to Elude, Careless and Negligent Operation, Driving with License Suspended, and Burglary.
It was quite a morning for the quiet Vermont area.
“Very surprised, small town. Nothing something you normally hear about," said Tracy Stone.
Police are awaiting a toxicology report for Jackson. He is listed in stable condition at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.
Police believe he may not have acted alone so anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the Vermont State Police at the St. Johnsbury Barracks 802-748-3111 or submit an anonymous tip to. www.vtips.info.
This is the second officer involved shooting in Vermont in a few months.