Man Charged In Shooting Near CVPS Linemen

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Vermont State Police say they’ve cited a man who fired a shot during a confrontation with two Central Vermont Public Service Corp. linemen working on a power pole near his home.

Sixty-seven-year-old William R. Bump, of Halifax, was charged with disorderly conduct in Thursday’s incident, which started when he approached the linemen as they worked in a field south of his property.

Trooper Eric Howley says Bump told one that they were trespassing and that trespassers can be shot. The worker, seeing a pistol in Bump’s pants, said they would leave. As they got ready to do so, Howley says, Bump fired a shot from a revolver and told them to get off his property.

Neither was hit. They don’t know whether he fired at them. Bump says he didn’t.

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