Police Officer Shoots and Kills Man in Winooski, Vermont

Man shot has been identified as Jesse Beshaw

A police officer shot and killed a man in Winooski, Vermont, late Friday afternoon.

Vermont State Police confirmed they are investigating an officer-involved shooting, but have not released many details.

The shooting happened just before 5 p.m. near the city's O'Brien Community Center on Malletts Bay Avenue.

A source close to the case tells necn the gunfire followed a foot pursuit and that the body of the man shot was still behind the community center as crime scene investigators began their work.

Nearby residents said they heard several gunshots, and soon after, saw police officers from Colchester, Burlington, and Vermont State Police pour into the area.

"It was like a bee hive," resident Joshua Kirtley said. "They all swarmed, blocking off roads. Any time there was more than five people gathered, they would come, break up the crowd and tell everyone to go home."

Portions of a three-block area including Union Street and Hickok Street remained blocked off to foot and vehicle traffic as of 9 p.m. Friday.

Investigators expected to work late into the night and continue processing the scene Saturday morning.

The man was identified on Saturday as 29-year-old Jesse Beshaw. State Police said an autopsy would be conducted.

Authorities have not yet identified the officer involved in the shooting.

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