BENNINGTON >> A River Street man is accused of threatening to cut and shoot police officers.

David A. Martin Sr., 63, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court Criminal Division Bennington Unit to aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer by threat with a deadly weapon. He was released under $10,000 bail and must check in daily at the Bennington Police Department while the case is pending.

According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Officer Keith Diotte, on July 29 at 11:25 p.m. police went to a home on River Street where a fight had been reported. Martin was on his porch, yelled at police, swearing and threatening them with their own flashlights. When told he would be arrested for disorderly conduct, he said "I will take out my knife and slit your throat, you bald headed (expletive)."

Diotte wrote that Martin appeared to have a knife with him in a pouch on his side. Martin then threw a lit cigarette at one of the officers.

"That's it, I'm getting my shotgun and shooting all of you," Martin said, according to the affidavit.

Police went to arrest him, but a family member got in their way. Police arrested her for hindering them. Meanwhile, Martin became more agitated and tried to hit Diotte with a chair. When Martin tried to go inside, police subdued him with pepper spray.

Police searched him and found the item he had in the pouch was a "Leatherman" multi-tool.

— Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at 802-447-7567 Ext. 115



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