Former Windsor Police Officer Accused in Shooting Found Not Guilty

  • Windsor police officer Ryan Palmer outside of Windsor Superior Court in White River Junction, Vt on July 8, 2015. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A former Windsor police officer charged with unlawfully shooting a suspect in 2014 has been found not guilty.

Ryan Palmer, 30, took the stand in his own defense on Wednesday morning, the fourth day of the trial at Windsor Superior Court.

After about six hours of deliberation, the jury found Palmer not guilty on charges of felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and misdemeanor reckless endangerment.

Jorge Burgos, now 37, suffered two gunshot wounds to his arm in the parking lot of Ferguson’s Auto on Nov. 16, 2014, when Palmer and three other officers tried to execute an undercover operation to arrest Burgos’ then girlfriend, Brittany Smith, on active warrants.

Posted Wednesday at 9:40 p.m. Find a full report in Thursday’s Valley News.