Prosecutors Say Trooper Was Justified Using Deadly Force

09/14/12 11:39AM

Prosecutors say a state trooper was justified in using deadly force on an unarmed burglary suspect who refused an order to surrender.

Authorities say the man twice took a "shooter's stance" while aiming what turned out to be a cell phone at the trooper.

Attorney General William Sorrell and Lamoille County State's Attorney Joel Page released the conclusion of their investigation this morning.

They say the trooper was reasonable in his belief that he was in imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury when he fired his weapon at Jonathan Martel on April 30.

Martel was shot once in the lower right side of the back. He died from his injuries.

The trooper who fired the shot is 31-year-old Senior Trooper Dustin Robinson.

He is a three-year veteran who was the only person who witnessed the shooting in Cambridge.


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