Report: Trooper’s use of deadly force justified

Thursday May 23, 2013

MONTPELIER (AP) -- A Vermont state trooper was justified in the use of deadly force when he shot and injured a man in a Danville school bus last year, the county prosecutor and Vermont attorney general’s office said Wednesday.

William Mahoney of St. Johnsbury was shot once by the trooper on Sept. 18, 2012, after he allegedly stole a vehicle and then hid in the bus and broadcast threats on a school radio.

Mahoney was shot by Sgt. Brian May after what police said were threatening moves toward May -- he appeared to be drawing a weapon from a holster, despite repeated commands to stop.

State Attorney General William Sorrell and Caledonia County State’s Attorney Lisa Warren said Wednesday that their independent separate reviews have concluded that May was legally justified in firing his gun at Mahoney.

"Given the apparent serious threat, Sgt. May’s response of using deadly force was reasonable and justified," they said.

No gun was found on Mahoney but the holster contained three silver canisters.

Mahoney is facing prosecution by the Caledonia County attorney’s office on a number of criminal and motor vehicle offenses.


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