Jesse Beshaw, 29

Winooski, Vermont
September 16, 2016

Agencies: Vermont Attorney General's Office | Chittenden County State's Attorney Vermont | Vermont State Police VSP | Franklin County Sheriff's Office Vermont

Cause of death: Shooting

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Last updated: about 6 years ago


Police shot and killed a man Friday in Winooski, the third fatal confrontation involving law enforcement in Vermont since December and the latest in a recent outburst of violence in the city.

The names of the man who died, the officer who fired and the circumstances that led to the gunfire were unclear Friday. The Vermont State Police, the lead agency handling the case, declined to provide those details or even to say for which law-enforcement agency the officer in question worked.

"This investigation is in its very early stages and is expected to continue throughout the night, specifically regarding the processing of the scene," Maj. Glenn Hall, commander of the Criminal Division, said in a statement at 9:45 p.m., about five hours after the shooting at the end of Hickok Street, near the O'Brien Community Center.

A body was visible lying on the pavement in the hours after the late afternoon incident.

"Once the scene is processed, the decedent will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for autopsy to determine cause and manner of death," Hall added. "The name of the decedent is not being released at this time, pending positive identification and notification of next of kin. The identity of officers involved and their respective agencies is not being released at this time."

Police cordoned off Hickok Street. Down the street, a white sheet covered what appeared to be a body. A leg and foot stuck out from under the sheet, visible behind a pair of Colchester police cruisers.

On the other side of the yellow tape, neighbors came out of their homes to watch the commotion. A Burlington police officer told residents of West Street that if they left their street, they would be prohibited from returning while the investigation was ongoing.

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