A Rutland City Police officer was placed on administrative leave Wednesday after police fired on a vehicle during a drug investigation, wounding the driver.
Rutland City Chief Brian Kilcullen told Vermont State Police investigators that the driver stuck one of the officers with his vehicle before the shooting, then fled the scene and crashed into a tree. The officer was treated for minor injuries and released, Kilcullen told investigators.
Kilcullen did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday. He told investigators that five officers were involved and that they identified themselves as police during a drug investigation in a parking lot off Terrill Street.
Vermont State Police Maj. Dan Trudeau said that after the shooting, the wounded driver, identified Michael Goodnough, 45, of Rutland, drove through the Tops Supermarket parking lot and fled south on US 7 for about a half mile. Near the intersection with Jackson Street, Trudeau said, Goodnough drove off the road into a tree in a resident’s yard.
Goodnough was in intensive care at Rutland Regional Medical Center following surgery Wednesday. A passenger, Robert Vandriel, 32, also of Rutland, was injured in the crash and was being treated at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington.
State police say they have interviewed the two men, who are cooperating in the investigation. Investigators have yet to interview the five officers, and said they have not independently verified what prompted the shooting and the number of officers who fired.
“We still have to interview members of the City PD, and we anticipate that they’ll be thorough in helping us get through the investigation,” Trudeau said.
Investigators are continuing to interview witnesses and review video from police dashboard cameras and nearby surveillance systems. The results of the investigation will be turned over to the Vermont Attorney General’s Office and the Rutland County State’s Attorney’s Office for independent reviews of the use of force.