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Brothers charged in alleged attack on Burlington officer

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Burlington Police officers filled the courtroom waiting for the arraignment of two brothers and their mother.

"We don't believe Mr. Williams should be released," Chittenden County Prosecutor T.J. Donovan said.

Hasan Williams, 16, and Hieheem Kirkland, 21, are charged with assaulting an officer. Their mother, Susalyn Kirkland, faces charges for resisting arrest and trying to stop an officer from arresting her son.

The incident happened at the family's home in Burlington's Old North End Monday evening. Police say Sgt. Brad Trombley responded to a call from a neighbor about BB gun shots fired. Trombley was trying to arrest Hieheem Kirkland, when he says he found himself in the middle of a violent confrontation. Kirkland and his brother allegedly punched Trombley and took his radio away before he could call for help.

"We heard noise, like they fighting or something like that. So, we were very scared; we never see anything like that," said Nopen Htwe, a neighbor.

Burlington Police say situations like this don't happen often.

"This type of aggressive attack on an officer is unusual in our community," Burlington Deputy Police Chief Jennifer Morrison said. "Certainly it raises our level of awareness more. We would hope this doesn't happen again anytime in the near future."

Police are no strangers to 69 Spring Street; they've been called there a total of 15 times in the last 6 months.

Susalyn Kirkland's daughter was killed in September 2011 after attempting to rob a store in Vergennes. Kirkland now has custody of her 2- and 5-year-old grandchildren, and said she is doing the best she can to raise her children and grandchildren. But that hasn't stopped the run-ins with police.

Some neighbors are concerned about how the young men chose to handle the confrontation.

Neighbor Fernand Crete said, "Why can't they just talk to them like you and I are talking to solve the issue that was going on as opposed to using violent force?"

Hasan Williams is currently being held at Woodside Detention Facility; his brother Hieheem Kirkland is also being held. There is also a third brother involved who is being held as a juvenile, but because of his age, no further information on him has been released. Their mother is no longer in jail but is under a curfew.

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