RUTLAND, Vt. – A Vermont man is dead after police say he drove up outside of a local department and opened fire, then led officers on a chase that ended in a shootout. 

A report from CBS 3 in Burlington said that it all started at around 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning, when a man drove up to the Rutland City Police Department and fired a shots into the entrance. Police say the man fired several rounds, striking the building repeatedly, but amazingly no one was injured in the burst of fire.

 

The suspect then took off in a white, four door sedan, according to police sources. Just 30 minutes later, city police noticed a vehicle matching the description of the one used to flee from the earlier shooting. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but the suspect stepped on the gas and fled, leading police on a chase through the Vermont town.

CBS 3 says that the chase ended when the car attempted to cross a set of train tracks in the north end of the Rutland Plaza by the Amtrak station. Both Rutland City police and Rutland town officers were involved in the chase. Police attempted to take the suspect into custody, but the suspect allegedly opened fire, prompting officers to fire back.

 

Investigators said that both city and town police fired shots at the suspect. After the shooting was over, emergency crews tried to administer life-saving aid to the suspect and transferred him to a local hospital, but doctors pronounced him dead at the medical center.

Witnesses described the scene, noting that a shooting was very out of the ordinary for the small New England town. 

“There was two shots, then two shots again and then they really started going. Probably a good 30 shots and I was like, what is going on. I’ve never heard this in Rutland before,” said Nate Stevens, who reportedly caught a brief part of the shooting on video. “I just wanted to know what was going on. We are in Vermont.”

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Police say that no officers nor any civilians were injured in the hail of gunfire. Both city and town authorities are participating in the investigation. According to the Vermont State Police press release, members of the Field Force Division, Major Crime Unit, Bureau of Criminal Investigations and the Crime Scene Search Team are involved.
 
CBS 3 said that the state police crime scene truck arrived at the scene shortly after the incident occurred.

Anyone with information, including photos or video of the incident, is asked to contact Vermont State Police in Rutland at 802-773-9101.

The deceased suspect has not yet been publicly identified.

The investigation into the details of the two shooting incidents are still underway. Law Enforcement Today will continue to bring updates to our readers as more information is released to the public.

 

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