Montpelier police officer won’t be charged in fatal shooting

October 30, 2019 GMT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — No charges are going to be filed against the Montpelier police officer who shot and killed a suspect displaying what turned out to be a pellet gun.

The Vermont attorney general’s office announced Wednesday that its investigation determined that Montpelier Police Cpl. Chad Bean’s decision to use deadly force was reasonable and justified in the Aug. 9 shooting that led to the death of 62-year-old Mark Johnson.

On Tuesday Washington County State’s Attorney Rory Thibault reached a similar conclusion.

Police were called to a local apartment after receiving a report that Johnson had brandished a knife at a resident. Johnson was shot twice with a patrol rifle after failing to respond to police commands to drop what they thought was a pistol.

Johnson was pronounced dead at the hospital.


Information from: The Times Argus, http://www.timesargus.com/