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Vt. AG: Middlebury police shooting justified

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George Demarais George Demarais

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont attorney general says two police officers were justified in shooting a Middlebury man during an exchange of gunfire behind his rural home last fall.

Police said 57-year-old George Demarais said he wanted to commit "suicide by cop" and fired at them when they found him on a steep slope behind his home on Oct. 4, 2012. Authorities say when a Middlebury police officer ordered him to show his hands, Demarais fired at the officer, instead. Two officers shot back, killing Demarais.

The cause of death was two gunshot wounds to the neck and chest.

The offices of the attorney general and Addison County state's attorney said Friday they have concluded that the two officers were justified in their use of deadly force.

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