Troopers ruled justified in officer-involved shooting in Bristol

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BRISTOL – Trooper Robert Helm and Trooper Matthew Hood will not be prosecuted for possible charges related to the non-fatal shooting of Greg West, in Bristol.

The Attorney General’s Office announced today that they have concluded that the actions of the officers were justified.

In reaching this decision, the office says they reviewed all the materials provided by the Vermont State Police, who conducted the investigation.

Troopers Helm and Hood encountered West when they responded to a 911 call at Lower Notch Road on December 3, 2019.

When Troopers Helm and Hood arrived, West was in possession of a shotgun.

The troopers attempted to de-escalate the situation.

West pointed the shotgun in the direction of both troopers, both troopers opened fire with their patrol rifles and then ceased fire when he dropped the shotgun and fell to the ground.

The troopers immediately rendered first aid.

West is currently facing criminal charges for allegations closely related to this incident.

“In accordance with the Vermont Rules of Professional Conduct, the Attorney General’s Office, at this time, cannot comment further on the specific findings of its review,” the office said in a written statement.

The office can release additional information related to this decision when the criminal charges pending against West are resolved.