Attorney General Says Trooper Justified In Fatal Shooting

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The Vermont Attorney General’s office says a state police trooper was justified when he shot and killed a man who had pulled a handgun while the trooper tried to arrest him following a traffic stop in Rutland.

An investigation found that Trooper Christopher Lora’s decision to use deadly force was reasonable and justified when he shot and killed James Lamont last October.

Police say Lamont had been the subject of a police search amid reports he’d been involved in armed robberies of drug dealers in Vermont and New York when he was spotted in Rutland.

Lora shot him five times after Lamont disobeyed commands from Lora and drew a pistol from his waistband. Two handguns and a knife were found on Lamont.

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