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Man hurt in officer involved shooting misses court appearance, hospitalized


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.

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