No charges against Vt. trooper in Pownal shooting

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) A Vermont State Police trooper involved in a nonfatal shooting in Pownal last October will not be prosecuted.

The Vermont Attorney General's office announced Thursday that Trooper Thomas Sandberg, who had been placed on administrative leave, will return to duty.

The Bennington County State's attorney's office conducted an independent review and also declined to prosecute.

Troopers were called to a Pownal residence on Oct. 18, 2018, for a report that the 48-year-old Bernard Rougeau was intoxicated and had intentionally cut himself.

When they arrived they learned Rougeau had gone into the woods with a gun. Police say when Rougeau emerged from the woods he was shot by Sandberg after refusing to drop the shotgun.

Rougeau is facing a variety of charges.

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