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Vermont Police Officer Indicted in Shooting

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A grand jury has indicted a Vermont police officer on criminal charges connected to the shooting of a combative mentally ill man during an arrest in Winooski.

Winooski Police Cpl. Jason Nokes was indicted Wednesday on charges of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and giving false information to a police officer.

Nokes' attorney says they plan to fight the charges.

Nokes is accused of shooting Isaac Sage in the leg in April as officers tried to arrest him for assaulting them.

Police have said Sage struck Nokes in the face, causing a broken nose and concussion.

The Burlington Free Press reports that a psychiatrist says Sage suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and that he was insane during the alleged assaults.

Prosecutors dismissed the charges.

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