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Police Shootings Vermont, Officer Involved Shootings

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Records show the five police shootings in Vermont this year are the most in one year and double the 17-year average since the attorney general's office began investigating all officer-involved shootings.

Attorney general's records and news accounts show there have been 41 officer-involved shootings in Vermont since 1997. The most recent was Thursday when a state trooper shot a woman who was waving a gun.

The records were compiled at the request of The Associated Press. They include shootings where there was a death or injury, and when no one was injured. The records were supplemented by AP reporting.

Two shootings were referred for prosecution of the officer.

Assistant Attorney General John Treadwell says grand juries considered other shootings for prosecution, but they declined to indict the officer.

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