- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A judge has decided a Vermont police officer should face trial on charges he shot a mentally ill man.

A lawyer for Winooski Police Cpl. Jason Nokes argued the state cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Nokes didn’t act in self-defense when he shot and wounded a suspect in April 2013. The Burlington Free Press reports (https://bfpne.ws/1uYQ21B) a judge said self-defense was something for jurors to consider.

The 43-year-old Nokes of Milton pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault with a weapon, reckless endangerment and giving false information to police.

The defense said Isaac Sage punched Nokes in the face, causing Nokes to become disoriented and to receive a concussion and broken nose. Sage was shot in the leg after three failed attempts to use a stun gun on him.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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