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Officer-involved shooting in Winooski

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WINOOSKI, Vt. -

For most of Thursday West Allen Street in Winooski was a crime scene.

"I still heard the sound BOOM you know, like a shooting sound of the gun.  I heard that from here because my door was open that time," said Bhakti Adhikari.  Around 1:30 Thursday afternoon, just outside Adhikari's corner market, a Winooski Police Officer shot a suspect, 35-year-old Isaac Sage, in the thigh.

"This whole thing unfolded from the time of the call to the time the shot was fired within three minutes. That's how fast this thing unfolded," explained Major Ed Ledo of the Vermont State Police.

State Police are handling the investigation. They say Winooski police were on patrol looking for Sage, who had reportedly been trespassing at the Woolen Mill Gym, but had fled. Sage was soon spotted by police on West Allen Street and was confronted by a Winooski officer.  A second officer was also on scene.

"The officer attempted to detain Mr. Sage for his trespassing violation at the Woolen Mill Sage then punched the officer in the face without warning," Ledo said. One of the officers Tased Sage -- but authorities say it didn't work.

"I don't know his mental state at the time, I don't know if he was on medication at the time, we don't know if the Taser prongs struck him," Ledo explained.  He says right now it's unclear if the officers used the stun gun more than once.  Sage then allegedly assaulted the second officer.  Ledo says that's when one of the officers pulled his gun and shot Sage in the thigh.  Police say right now it appears Sage was not armed.

In an eyewitness video one of the police officers, Corporal Jason Nokes, can be seen holding his head.  Both officers were treated and released from Fletcher Allen. Nokes was treated for a broken nose and concussion. The other officer, Chris MacHavern, was treated for cuts and bruises. Police aren't saying which officer pulled the trigger.

Police expect Sage to be arraigned Friday for charges of resisting arrest, aggravated assault, and trespassing.

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