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High-speed chase suspect shot by Vt. troopers

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Small bits of broken glass and a few tire marks are the only remaining clues of what happened in Barton early Wednesday morning. But amateur footage and pictures of wrecked police cruisers begin to tell the story.

Vermont State Police say Eric Jackson, 27, of Lyndonville, led them on a 15-minute chase through Barton, driving in the last of as many as three vehicles he stole Tuesday night.

Col. Thomas L'Esperance says Jackson rammed police cruisers multiple times on Burton Hill Road, leading the two troopers to fear for their lives and open fire.

"The troopers' training and experience and everything else kicked in and they did what they had to do to get home safely," L'Esperance said.

Those who live in the area say they heard 7-10 shots and initially mistook the noise for thunder.

State police say the troopers are uninjured.

The suspect, Eric Jackson, is receiving treatment for gunshot wounds at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. It's unclear how many shots hit Jackson and is part of the ongoing investigation.

L'Esperance say Jackson owns an extensive criminal history which includes multiple felonies, burglaries, domestic abuse charges, as well as drug and gun charges. Wednesday's alleged actions will likely add to that list.

Along with ramming the cars, police suspect Jackson broke into a construction company and out the rolling door. Wednesday afternoon they may have identified him on security footage. A truck from the company-- found abandoned by the side of the road-- led the police to start looking for a suspect. A call reporting a stolen Jeep came shortly thereafter and led to the chase.

Police say they also suspect Jackson may have broken into other buildings earlier Tuesday night, and think he may have had a partner in crime. They ask that you call them if you saw Jackson with any other individuals in the 24 hours preceding Wednesday morning's incident. Call state police in St. Johnsbury at 802-748-3111 or submit an anonymous tip to www.vtips.info.

Police say Jackson is in stable condition, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center spokespeople would not comment on his status.

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