Prosecutors say Vermont State Police trooper justified in non-fatal Bristol shooting


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MONTPELIER, Vermont — The Vermont Attorney General's office and the Addison County state's attorney say a state trooper was justified when he shot and wounded a woman in Bristol who refused to put down a handgun.

The two offices issued a joint news release Monday after conducting separate investigations into the Sept. 4 shooting that wounded Tina LaBossiere, of Crown Point, New York.

Both investigations concluded that State Police Sgt. Michael Dion was legally justified when he shot LaBossiere.

Police were called to the Bristol home after a resident, later found with a head wound, threatened suicide.

Officials say LaBossiere picked up the handgun in the driveway, waved it while walking toward officers and refused repeated orders to drop it.

She was shot once.

Both LaBossiere and the man who shot himself survived.

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