Trooper Shoots Burglary Suspect

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Vermont State Police say a trooper shot a suspect in a home burglary after a police pursuit. The suspect died on the way to the hospital.

Police say they were on the lookout for a suspect and the suspect’s vehicle, that had been involved in a burglary at a residence yesterday in Johnson. Then the vehicle was spotted in Cambridge.

Troopers found the vehicle, a black Volkswagen Jetta, with Florida plates, but it was unoccupied.

Police say they were setting up a perimeter and deployed search dogs when a trooper found the suspect. They say the suspect was shot in the back and killed after refusing a trooper’s order to surrender. Colonel Thomas L’Esperance says Jonathon Martel of Stowe had taken a shooter’s stance and pointed a metallic object at the trooper who found him in Cambridge. The object was later determined to be a cell phone. 

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