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Vt. trooper cleared in stun gun death

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Attorney General William Sorrell said a Vermont state trooper was justified in using a stun gun against a Thetford man who died after he was shocked. Sorrell said reviews by his office and the Orange County state’s attorney’s office ruled that no criminal charges were warranted stemming from the June 20, 2012 death of Macadam Mason, 39. The investigation found that Trooper David Shaffer shot Mason once in the chest with the stun gun after Mason, who was not armed, moved toward the trooper, who had been called after receiving reports that Mason was suicidal. It was later determined that Mason died of a heart attack.

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