Vermont State Police officer shoots man in Pownal

October 19, 2018 07:27 PM

POWNAL, Vt. - A man is hospitalized after being shot Thursday night by a Vermont State Police officer in Pownal.

Troopers say they responded to a house at 52 Short Drive after receiving a 911 call about a drunk man trying to cut himself. That was 9:22 p.m. Police arrived at 9:45 p.m.

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They say the man, 48-year-old Bernard Rougeau, emerged from the woods behind the house around 10:40 p.m. with a loaded shotgun, initially pointing it at the ground, but then raising it.

Troopers say when he did not comply with orders to drop the gun, a trooper hit him twice in the torso. Troopers say the shooting was captured on video by a troop car's camera.

The trooper who shot him has been identified as 23-year-old Thomas Sandberg.

Police say Rougeau was intoxicated, suicidal and a convicted felon -- which means he's not supposed to own or possess any firearms.

As of late Friday afternoon, Rougeau was in critical condition at Albany Medical Center. He is expected to recover.

The trooper is on administrative leave, which is standard Vermont State Police policy.

WEB EXTRA: Investigators give Friday afternoon update on officer-involved shooting

Vermont State Police are on the scene of an officer involved shooting at 52 Short Drive in Pownal. Authorities say a trooper shot 48-year old Bernard Rougeau at about 10:40 p.m. Thursday night after Rougeau allegedly refused to drop his long gun.

— Dan Levy (@dlevywnyt) October 19, 2018

48-year old Bernard Rougeau, of Pownal Vermont, is listed in critical condition at Albany Medical Center after being shot by a Vermont state trooper Thursday night, after authorities say he refused to drop his weapon as ordered.

— Dan Levy (@dlevywnyt) October 19, 2018

Authorities say they responded to a domestic incident at 52 Short Drive in Pownal Thursday night after a 911 caller reported an intoxicated man who intentionally cut himself. Authorities say a Vermont State Trooper shot Bernard Rougeau, 48, who allegedly refused to drop his gun.

— Dan Levy (@dlevywnyt) October 19, 2018


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