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State police inspect the crime scene. Photo: Sarah Harris
State police inspect the crime scene. Photo: Sarah Harris

Officer-involved shooting in Winooski, VT

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Sarah Harris
Reporter and Producer

Isaac Sage is a 35-year-old Winooski resident who's had run-ins with the police before.

Yesterday, police responded to a trespassing complaint stating that Sage had been acting strangely to people at the Woolen Mill, an apartment complex in Winooski. They found Sage a block away and tried to arrest him.

In a statement last night, police said Sage responded by punching one of the officers in the face.

Ed Ledo is criminal division commander with the Vermont State Police.

"A struggle ensued at which time one of the officers deployed a Taser. The deployment appeared to have no effect on Mr. Sage, who continued to struggle with the officers. Sage then assaulted the second officer, at which time one of the officers discharged his weapon, a 40 caliber semiautomatic Glock Model 23."

Police cordoned off an entire block near downtown Winooski. Photo: Sarah Harris
Police cordoned off an entire block near downtown Winooski. Photo: Sarah Harris
Som Timsina owns Central Market Taste of Asia, a Nepali grocery store in Winooski. He watched from the store as police apprehended Sage.

"Then I went outside again and I heard another sound like gunshot and all people are here in my store they screaming and some are walking outside and running outside, after that we see the guy he was in the road, I mean fall down," Timsina said.

The two officers involved were Corporal Jason Nokes and Officer Chris Machavern from the Winooski Police department.

Police won't say which one fired the gun, which one used the Taser, or why the Taser didn't seem to work on Sage.

The two officers have been placed on administrative leave following the incident in keeping with Winooski Police Department protocol.

State Police from outside the Winooski district were called to investigate the crime scene.

The Vermont Attorney General's office and the Chittenden County state's attorney office will conduct an independent review on the case once the investigation is complete.

 

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