20-year-old man shot during police-involved shooting in Burlington

Published: Aug. 14, 2022 at 9:24 AM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - An investigation into what led to an officer-involved shooting in Burlington is underway.

According to the Vermont State Police, officers with the Burlington police were called to reports of an unspecified emergency at 249 Manhattan Dr. around 3 p.m. Saturday.

Officers found David Johnson, 20, of Burlington, outside of the home. They say he was carrying a kitchen knife and was suicidal.

State police say officers attempted to de-escalate the situation. They say about four minutes after Burlington police officers arrived, Johnson charged at officers with that knife.

Police say after a failed attempt to stop him with a Taser, another officer shot Johnson with his gun, hitting him in the leg.

That officer has since been placed on administrative leave. Following standard procedure, the Vermont State Police will identify the officers involved on the day after the shooting.

Once the Vermont State Police investigation is complete, the case will be turned over to the Vermont Attorney General’s Office and the relevant state’s attorney’s office for independent reviews of the police use of force.

Police say charges are expected to be filed against Johnson, who remains hospitalized.

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