Police: Drug stakeout preceded shooting, chase

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WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vermont — A Windsor, Vermont, police officer dressed in plain clothes fired his weapon at a drug suspect when the suspect drove a vehicle at the officer after refusing to stop during a drug stake out, court documents say.

Windsor police were acting on a tip Sunday night when Officers Christopher Connor and Ryan Palmer waited at an auto repair shop in an unmarked pickup truck, when a vehicle driven by Jorge Burgos, 34, of White River Junction arrived, the Valley News (http://bit.ly/1upKM6d) reported.

At that point Connor attempted to block Burgos's vehicle with the pickup truck. He and Palmer got out of the truck with guns drawn and ordered Burgos and his passenger, Brittany Smith, 25, of Claremont, New Hampshire, out of the vehicle while two marked police cruisers waiting nearby descended on the scene, court documents say.

Burgos allegedly drove his car in reverse to the other side of the parking lot and then accelerated toward Palmer, who sidestepped the oncoming car and fired shots into the driver's side, the documents said.

Burgos and Smith fled south on U.S. Route 5 before crossing into New Hampshire. They were arrested in Claremont.

Burgos received "multiple" wounds to his left arm. He was hospitalized in stable condition.

Police say Burgos has a lengthy criminal record in Vermont.

Police will begin the process of extraditing Burgos to Vermont after he is released from the hospital. Bail was set at $50,000.

Burgos is charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. It wasn't immediately known if he had a lawyer.

Smith was taken into custody on outstanding New Hampshire warrants, police said. It's unclear if she'll face charges in connection with the incident Sunday.


Information from: Lebanon Valley News, http://www.vnews.com

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