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Officer-Involved Shooting in Shelburne

Shelburne, Vermont - February 13, 2009

Two people were taken to the hospital, Friday night, after a bizarre incident in Shelburne. Police say a driver hit an officer with his car and at least one police officer fired shots.

The incident started around 6:15 p.m., when 911 got a call about an erratic driver heading north on Shelburne Road. The caller told police the driver pulled into the parking lot of the Jiffy Mart in Shelburne Village. When police attempted to talk to the driver they say he became uncooperative. Chief Jim Warden, of the Shelburne Police Department, said the driver threw his car into reverse, hit a post by the gas pump then drove at the police officer and hit him.

As the man tried to head north on Route 7 at least one police officer fired shots at his car. Police have not said how many shots were fired.

Several hundred yards up the road the man collided with another car, then ran off the road, finally coming to a stop in another parking lot of Village Wine and Coffee.

Both the driver and the responding officer were taken to Fletcher Allen Health Care. The officer was treated for minor injuries to his arm. The driver was treated for a suspected gunshot wound.

Kris Engstrom and her daughter were working in their flower shop next door to the gas station when the shots were fired. She said it is creepy to have something like his happen so close by.

"It really you know it makes you feel a little unsafe," she said while preparing Valentine's Day bouquets. "It really shook me up. I don't feel the same as I did earlier today."

State police arrived on the scene shortly after the incident. They will be taking over the investigation since it involved an officer firing his weapon.

Bianca Slota - WCAX News

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