Deadly Force

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After last year’s fatal police shooting of a man in Ferguson, Missouri, and after a man died in an apparent police chokehold in Staten Island, New York, the district attorney in Orange County has announced a protocol for officer-involved deadly-force encounters.

District Attorney David Hoovler, with the unanimous vote of the Police Chiefs’ Association of Orange County, has announced the establishment of a county-wide protocol for the investigation of incidents that involve police officers’ use of deadly force against citizens.

An investigation has concluded that a Vermont state trooper was justified in the use of deadly force when he shot a man in a Danville school bus last year.

Authorities say a Vermont state trooper was justified in using deadly force on an unarmed burglary suspect who refused an order to surrender and twice took a "shooter's stance" while aiming what turned out to be a cell phone at him.

Attorney General William Sorrell and Lamoille County State's Attorney Joel Page said Friday the trooper was reasonable in his belief that he was in imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury when he fired his weapon at Jonathan Martel on April 30.