MONTPELIER, Vermont — A man shot in the leg by a Vermont State trooper during a confrontation in Fayston has missed a court appearance on charges of trespassing simple assault on an officer.
Prosecutors say Robert Smallidge of Brattleboro, who was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday, checked himself into a hospital Sunday.
The trooper was responding to a report from the boyfriend of Smallidge's ex-wife that Smallidge was drunk and refusing to leave a property in Fayston on Friday. Police say the trooper tried to speak with Smallidge outside and Smallidge refused repeated verbal commands. He also displayed what appeared to be a rifle. Authorities say the trooper then shot Smallidge and used a stun gun on him.
The shooting in under investigation.
The trooper has been placed on administrative leave.