Shelburne Police Officer Robert Barrows was the officer following up on the complaint of an erratic operator. He observed the vehicle in question located at the Jiffy Mart Convenience Store on Shelburne Road (U.S. Route 7) Feb. 13.
Shortly after making contact with the operator of the vehicle, Kelley O'Brien, age 45, of Burlington. O'Brien reportedly accelerated backwards away from Officer Barrows as he stood outside the driver's side of O'Brien's car. O'Brien's vehicle collided with a protective barrier near the gas pumps in close proximity to a witness that was pumping gas.
O'Brien then reportedly drove forward in the direction of Officer Barrows, striking Barrows.
Barrows discharged his duty weapon. O'Brien continued onto Shelburne Road, striking another vehicle on the roadway. O'Brien continued in his vehicle to a parking lot located near the intersection of Shelburne Road and Harbor Road intersection where he was taken into custody. O'Brien was found to have a gunshot wound to the torso and rescue was called to the scene. He was transported to Fletcher Allen Medical Center where he was in stable condition.
Officer Barrows also went to Fletcher Allen and was treated and released for minor injuries as a result of O'Brien's vehicle striking him. Barrows was put on administrative leave under standard departmental policy.
O'Brien is facing the following charges: Attempted aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, attempting to elude.
The shooting incident was jointly reviewed by the Chittenden County States Attorney's Office and the Attorney General.