Man injured in police shooting pleads not guilty

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) A man who was shot and wounded by a Vermont state trooper has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges, including aggravated assault on a police officer.

Bernard Rougeau entered his plea Thursday, two days after he was released from a hospital.

Troopers were called to his home in Pownal in October after receiving a report that the 48-year-old was intoxicated and had intentionally cut himself.

Rougeau emerged from the woods with a shotgun when officers arrived, and police say Trooper Thomas Sandberg fired two shots at him after he refused to drop the gun.

Sandberg has been placed on administrative leave.

Rougeau is being held on $100,000 bail.

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