Burlington PD releases names, 911 call in deadly officer-involved shooting

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Two Burlington police officers were involved in the shooting of a man armed with a machete. (Burlington Police Department)

The investigation into an officer-involved shooting where Burlington police officers shot and killed a man who was holding a machete remains ongoing, but police have released the names of the officers involved and the suspect who was fatally shot.

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The incident happened Monday just after 5:30 p.m. on Dorsett Street when officers responded to a report of a man with a machete cutting tires of a vehicle in a driveway.



Burlington Police said Thursday that the suspect is Rosalio Hernandez Ortega, 33, of the 2200 block of Dorsett Street.

Listen to the 911 call of the incident
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Listen to the 911 call in the incident involving a man slashing tires with a machete.



On Tuesday, police said the two officers involved were Sgt. Richard Marsh, 47, who has been with the department since 2001. He served as a Graham police officer from 1998 until joining the Burlington Police Department; and Officer I Alek Ayer, 24, who joined the force as a cadet in July 2017. He is assigned to the Patrol Division.

The two Burlington police officers involved in the deadly incident with a machete-wielding suspect.



As is standard practice, both officers have been placed on administrative leave during the investigation.

After attempts to calm Ortega failed, the officers used a Taser. When that proved ineffective, and Ortega began threatening the officers, they shot him.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

As is routine in officer-involved shootings, the SBI is investigating.

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