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Vt trooper who fired Taser returns to work

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BRADFORD, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont state trooper who fired a Taser at a Thetford man who died after being hit has returned to active duty.

A state police spokeswoman says Trooper David Shaffer was placed on paid leave for three days following the death of 39-year-old Macadam Mason on June 20.

Spokeswoman Stephanie Dasaro tells the Burlington Free Press that police are still investigating the death and will send their findings to the county state's attorney and Vermont attorney general.

Police say the exact cause of death has not yet been determined. Toxicology tests are pending.

Police say Mason, who was unarmed, was acting aggressively and refusing to lie on the ground when he was shot in the chest.

Mason's girlfriend and her son dispute that Mason shouted "aggressively" at the trooper.

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