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Police ID man who died in officer-involved shooting in Rutland

Published: Aug. 26, 2021 at 3:38 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 26, 2021 at 4:58 PM EDT
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RUTLAND, Vt. (WCAX) - Police have released the name of a man who died in an officer-involved shooting inside a Rutland restaurant.

Vermont state police say Jonathan Daniel Mansilla, 33, of Florida, died of a gunshot wound.

They say he was shot in the chest by a Rutland City police officer inside the McDonald’s on Route 7 in Rutland shortly before 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The events began with a hit-and-run crash around 1:15 p.m. at the Goodwill on North Main Street in Rutland. An alert went out to police to look for Mansilla’s car. He was spotted in Wallingford first and fled from police twice in Clarendon.

The chase ended when Mansilla crashed into the back of a UPS truck and ran inside the McDonald’s on Route 7 in Rutland.

Police say there was an altercation inside the restaurant and Rutland City Police Cpl. Christopher Rose fired his weapon, hitting Mansilla in the chest.

At this time they are not saying whether Mansilla was armed. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Rutland City Police Department Cpl. Christopher A. Rose is seen in this official department...
Rutland City Police Department Cpl. Christopher A. Rose is seen in this official department photo released Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, by the Vermont State Police.(Courtesy: Vt. State Police)

McDonald’s reopened Thursday morning to customers. Their electronic sign outside reads “Thank you local law enforcement.” I reached out to McDonald’s leadership and employees but was not given an interview.

We still do not know why Cpl. Rose drew his gun or how many times Mansilla was shot.

Police are investigating why Mansilla was in Vermont and say he had no illegal substances on him.

State police say they’re still investigating what happened during that altercation.

Once they’re done, the case goes to the Vermont attorney general’s office and the Bennington County state’s attorney’s office to determine whether the shooting is justified. The Rutland County state’s attorney’s office recused itself from the case.

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