- Associated Press - Friday, June 27, 2014

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) - A 19-year-old man shot in a Vermont dispute about a possible heroin theft has been accused of possessing the drug and cocaine.

Joseph Atkinson was shot in the torso June 11 during a confrontation in Springfield, Vermont, with three others allegedly over stolen drugs. He is recovering in a hospital.

State police have issued Atkinson a citation to appear in court Aug. 12. Police allege Atkinson possessed heroin and cocaine when he was shot. It wasn’t immediately known if Atkinson had a lawyer.

One of two men being held without bail in the shooting, 26-year-old Leon Jiggetts, also has been charged with obstruction of justice, trying to make contact with a co-defendant over testimony.

Two others have been charged with assault, burglary, larceny and other charges stemming from the shooting.

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