Investigation into Bellows Falls police shooting now over

Saturday December 15, 2012

BELLOWS FALLS -- No charges will be filed following a Vermont Attorney General investigation of an incident in which a police officer fired at a suspect in May.

A representative of the Attorney General’s Office said no charges would be filed as a result of its investigation, but would not release any other information.

Sgt. Shane Harris said the Bellows Falls Police Department is relieved the investigation is over.

BFPD Chief Ronald Lake, in a prepared statement, previously said the incident happened around 3 a.m. on Sunday, May 6. He did not give a location.

An on-duty Bellows Falls officer, whose identity has still not been disclosed, was "attempting to speak with the operator of a vehicle that was believed to have been involved in an assault," Lake said. The driver, who has also not been identified by police, allegedly refused to stop and tried to flee. The suspect then "reacted in a threatening manner using the vehicle, placing the officer in fear of his life," Lake said.

That is when the officer fired his weapon, though it is not clear how many shots were fired. Police said the officer was not injured, adding that they believe the suspect also was unhurt.

Police said the suspect abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot.


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