Jul 9, 2015 5:07 PM

Officer pleads not guilty in Vermont, NH drug deal shooting

The Associated Press

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) — A police officer has pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and reckless endangerment after he fired at a man last year during a drug stakeout.

Court documents say undercover police in Windsor, Vermont, staked out a parking lot in November with information about a pending drug deal. When two people from New Hampshire arrived, officers attempted to take them into custody. Police said their car headed straight toward Officer Ryan Palmer, who fired multiple shots, striking the driver in the arm several times.

The driver, 35-year-old Jorge Burgos of Quechee, Vermont, initially was charged with aggravated assault; it was dropped.

Palmer was released Thursday and is not allowed to possess a firearm. His lawyer, Daniel Sedon, said he's confident the charges will be dropped.


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