- Associated Press - Sunday, October 30, 2016

WINDSOR, Vt. (AP) - A former Vermont police officer charged with unlawfully shooting a suspect during a drug sting says the grand jury that indicted him was given flawed instructions.

Ryan Palmer, who resigned from the Windsor force in July, is charged with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment for shooting Jorge Burgos in November 2014. The Valley News reports (https://bit.ly/2eRkmrM) that he has filed a motion seeking to have the charges dropped, arguing that the judge and prosecutors gave the grand jury the wrong legal standard to apply when deciding whether his use of force is reasonable.

The state attorney general’s office says the jury was properly instructed. A judge has yet to rule on the motion.

According to court documents, Palmer fired his gun at Burgos three times, striking him twice in the arm.

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Information from: Lebanon Valley News, https://www.vnews.com


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