On Friday, July 7, 2023, a deadly car accident cost the life of a police officer working for the Rutland City Police Department. The deceased was identified as Jessica Ebbighausen who reportedly joined the police department of Rutland on May 23, 2023. Just after a month of joining the Rutland Police Department as a part-time level 2-certified officer, Jessica Ebbighausen lost her life in a deadly car crash. Reports have claimed that Jessica Ebbighausen was on-duty at the time of the crash. What were the circumstances surrounding the accident in which Jessica Ebbighausen lost her life? Read the answer to this question in the following section. Swipe down the page and take a look below.
Jessica Ebbighausen: Rutland City Police Officer Killed in Crash
Jessica Ebbighausen, a 19-year-old level 2 officer died while working with the Rutland Police Department part-time. Rutland Police said they received a call on Friday at around 2:35 pm about a man identified as 20-year-old Tate Rheaume who was trying to break into a house located on East Washington Street. Shortly after receiving the call, the officers of the Rutland Police Department responded to the address. But the 20-year-old man who was trying to break into a house started driving away from there when a police officer pursued him. Swipe down the page and read more details.
Reportedly, the police officer pursued Tate Rheaume from East Washington Street to the Woodstock Avenue Intersection, US Route 4. Meanwhile, more police cruisers also responded to the area to help the officer. But a cruiser that was being driven by Jessica Ebbighausen with a full-time supervising officer sitting in the passenger seat of the cruiser crashed with Rheaume’s car. It is believed that the pursuit of 2 miles before the accident happened when Rheaume crossed the center line into the eastbound lane and hit Jessica Ebbighausen’s cruiser. Reportedly, Rheaume also hit another cruiser of Rutland Police. Swipe down the page and read more details.
The part-time officer Jessica Ebbighausen passed away at the scene. She died of the injuries sustained in the crash. Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington is performing the autopsy. Governor Phil Scott extended his condolences to Jessica Ebbighausen’s family. He said I am deeply saddened by the death of Jessica Ebbighausen, a Rutland City police officer tragically killed in a vehicle crash while on duty today. My deepest condolences go out to her family and friends, all members of the Rutland City Police Department, and the entire Rutland community. The Vermont State Police and the Department of Fish and Wildlife will offer support as they all work to respond to this loss. This is a reminder of the risks our officers face every day, and my thoughts are with all of them tonight.