Vermont: Assault suspect shot during manhunt after pointing weapon at trooper – Suspect on probation, now jailed without bail

This Saturday, March 9, 2019, booking photo provided by the Vermont State Police shows John-Victor Wetherby, of Bellows Falls, Vt. Vermont State Police said Wetherby, shot by a state trooper during a manhunt, has been jailed without bail. Authorities supect Wetherby of aggravated assault. (Vermont State Police via AP)

ROCKINGHAM, Vt. (AP) 03/09 — Vermont State Police said Saturday a man shot by a state trooper during a manhunt has been jailed without bail.A state trooper shot John-Victor Wetherby at 12:30 a.m. in Rockingham, according to a state police press release. Police said Wetherby was struck, injured and treated for a single “graze-type wound” at Springfield Hospital.

A manhunt ensued Friday for Wetherby, who police suspected of aggravated assault on Hyde Street in Bellows Falls Friday afternoon.

Wetherby, 33, then left the scene on foot and broke into a vacant home located at 22 Cota Heights Road, according to police, who later found Wetherby in a bedroom at the house.

Wetherby pointed a weapon at the trooper, who then fired his gun “multiple times,” state police said. It’s unclear how many shots were fired.

Authorities said Wetherby was being held at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield on warrants for aggravated assault and violating probation stemming from a 2018 conviction for reckless endangerment.

Charges are likely to be filed Monday. The shooting is being investigated by state police. The Vermont’s attorney general will review the investigation.

Police said Saturday they are withholding the trooper’s name. The trooper has been placed on paid administrative leave for at least five days, and will return to work on administrative duty status.

It was unclear if Wetherby had an attorney.

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