Burlington Police Officer Shoots, Wounds Man in Old North End | Crime | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

News + Opinion » Crime

Burlington Police Officer Shoots, Wounds Man in Old North End

By

Published August 13, 2022 at 6:36 p.m.


Acting Police Chief Jon Murad and other department staff on Manhattan Drive - MATTHEW ROY ©️ SEVEN DAYS
  • Matthew Roy ©️ Seven Days
  • Acting Police Chief Jon Murad and other department staff on Manhattan Drive
A Burlington police officer shot and wounded a man in the city's Old North End on Saturday afternoon.

Vermont State Police are investigating the incident, which happened at about 3 p.m. on Manhattan Drive, according to a press release. State police say the man was being treated at the University of Vermont Medical Center for injuries that were thought not to be life-threatening.

The incident comes just hours after acting Burlington Police Chief Jon Murad sent Vermont State Police Col. Matthew Birmingham a request for troopers to help maintain order downtown on Saturday night, following a separate shooting early Saturday morning. As a result, 10 troopers will be stationed downtown between 10 p.m. Saturday and 2 a.m. Sunday when bars close.

Just before 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, two men were injured in a shooting on Main Street between Church and St. Paul streets. Both were brought to UVM Medical Center to be treated for their wounds. Witnesses told police the shooter ran off toward Lawson Lane.



The two incidents are unrelated, according to VSP spokesman Adam Silverman.

Silverman couldn't confirm which Burlington officer shot the man or the circumstances leading up to it.

At around 5 p.m. Saturday, Manhattan Drive was closed to traffic between Lafountain and Rose streets, with yellow crime scene tape cordoning off the scene. Murad and several Burlington PD staffers, plus University of Vermont police, were present.

The last police shooting in Burlington took place in 2016, when police shot and killed a 76-year-old man who was having a psychotic break.

Authorities determined that the shooting was justified because the man had been wielding a knife. An independent commission, however, concluded that numerous missteps by both Burlington police and the Howard Center led to the man's death.

Matthew Roy contributed reporting.