Investigators release names of Rutland City officers involved in police shooting

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RUTLAND, Vt. – Investigators have released the names of five Rutland City police officers involved in Wednesday’s shooting during a drug investigation.

At least one officer, Tyler Billings, a three-year veteran of the department, fired his weapon during the encounter in a parking lot on Terrill Street. He has been placed on administrative leave, per department protocol.

Investigators say one officer, Nate Harvey, who has been with the department for six years, was struck by the SUV. 

Rutland City Chief Brian Kilcullen told Vermont State Police investigators that Michael Goodnough, 45, of Rutland was the driver of the black Infiniti SUV that struck Harvey before he fled the scene and crashed into a tree. Harvey was treated for minor injuries and released, Kilcullen told investigators.

Goodnough was wounded in the shooting and a passenger in his vehicle, Robert Vandriel, 32, was injured in the crash. Both are recovering in the hospital and details on their conditions were not available.

The other officers have been identified as Cpl. Elias Anderson, Sgt. Adam Lucia and Officer Eliza Heter, all of whom have been with the department five or more years.

Vermont State Police said Thursday that they had not interviewed any of the five officers, but that Goodnough and Vandriel were cooperating with investigators.

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