Vermont police release body camera footage from standoff that ended with fatal shooting

May 11, 2016 5:47 PM by News Staff

A Burlington, Vermont police officer has been cleared of wrongdoing in a March standoff that ended with the shooting death of an elderly man.

State's Attorney T.J. Donovan says Burlington police Officer David Bowers was legally justified when he shot and killed Ralph 'Phil' Grenon.

Bowers was one of several officers who spent five hours trying to coax Grenon, 76, out of his apartment in a senior complex during the standoff.

The man suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, had stopped taking his medications, and was threatening to kill officers and anyone else who came near.

Niki Grenon Carpenter, the victim's daughter, said she agrees with the factual basis of Donovan's report.

"This was a justified shooting," Carpenter said. She added that she hoped her father's life would not be defined by the events surrounding his final day.


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