RUTLAND — An ongoing investigation into a non-fatal police shooting involving two 21-year-old twin brothers from Massachusetts and a Rutland City police officer was confirmed by the Vermont State Police on Wednesday, July 5, 2023.
The men who were shot, identified as Randy A. Perez-Coiscou and Andy H. Perez-Coiscou, remain hospitalized at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, where they are receiving treatment for their injuries.
The shooting incident took place on Monday, July 3, when Sgt. Andrew Plemmons and Officer James Rajda, both of the Rutland City Police Department, initiated an investigation into a suspicious vehicle parked near the Giorgetti Athletic Complex along Oak Street Extension.
The Perez-Coiscou brothers were the occupants of the vehicle.
During the encounter, the vehicle began to move, prompting Sgt. Plemmons to discharge his service weapon.
The car subsequently crashed at the end of Oak Street Extension, and Officer Rajda sustained a minor arm injury during the incident.
The Vermont State Police have yet to recover any weapons associated with the suspects.
As a result of the investigation, Randy Perez-Coiscou was arrested and charged with two counts of felony aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.
While still hospitalized, he was handed over to the custody of the Vermont Department of Corrections and was arraigned via video on Wednesday, July 5.
He pleaded not guilty and was jailed for lack of $10,000 bail.
Andy Perez-Coiscou was cited for possession of fentanyl and is scheduled to appear in the Criminal Division of Vermont Superior Court in Rutland on August 14.
Plemmons, a patrol sergeant, has been with the Rutland City Police Department since November 2014, and Rajda, a patrol K9 officer, has been with the department since September 2018.
State police are continuing to investigate the incident, reviewing video footage from body-worn and cruiser cameras, and examining any additional surveillance video from the area.
The Rutland City Police Department is cooperating fully with the ongoing investigation.
Authorities are asking anyone with information to assist the investigation to contact the state police barracks in Rutland at 802-773-9101.