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Vt. police release video of shootout with suspect

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Sgt. Denis Girouard Sgt. Denis Girouard
Tpr. Seth Loomis Tpr. Seth Loomis
Eric Jackson Eric Jackson
ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. - Vermont State Police have released dash cam video from a police chase that ended in a shootout with the suspect.

Police often won't release cruiser cam video before a case is over. WCAX News requested the video May 28, the day of the shooting. State police said then it was not public because it is part of an ongoing investigation. The Caledonian Record was also denied the video in June, but pursued it in court and with Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn, who just released it.

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 allegedly stole that night.

In the dash cam video, you can see Trooper Seth Loomis' cruiser following Jackson. Police say he was wanted on escape status from the Department of Corrections. As soon as the officer turns on his lights, the suspect takes off and the chase begins. Miles down the road, the suspect slows down and has a trooper on the side of him and one behind him. Jackson backs up and then takes off again. Then about a minute later, he backs up and hits the side of Sgt. Denis Girouard's cruiser. Moments later, he backs up and slams into the other cruiser. The camera gets knocked off in the collision.

A few seconds later a shootout begins. You can hear at least five shots fired. Then a few seconds after that, another round of gunfire. Then silence again for 10 seconds before dispatch calls the officers to ask if there are any injuries. You can see an officer running back to his cruiser and getting in and radioing into dispatch. "Shots fired. We need rescue; suspect shot."

Girouard and Loomis were not hurt. They are back on the job, but the investigation into their actions is not over.

As for Jackson, his family tells us he is still in the hospital, shot in the spine and is paralyzed.

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