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Vermont AG: Two SAPD officers won't be prosecuted in connection with Jan. officer-involved shooting

ST. ALBANS, Vt. - After two separate investigations by Vermont's Attorney General and Franklin County State's Attorney, two St. Albans Police officers will not be prosecuted in connection with a January 2018 officer-involved shooting.

Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced Friday his office is declining to prosecute St. Albans Police Officers Corporal Michael Malinowski and Corporal Jason Lawton for charges related to discharging their firearms at Jack Laplant on January 2.

Franklin County State's Attorney Jim Hughes also conducted an independent review, and has declined to file criminal charges for his conduct during the incident.

On January 2, Laplant is accused of opening fire near three officers, but court documents showed it was not clear who or what Laplant was pointing at, or how many shots were fired.

Laplant is still facing criminal charges stemming from the January incident, but previously pleaded not guilty to two felony charges of assault, and was ordered to be held without bail.

The Offices declined to comment further, due to the ongoing charges, but says it can release additional information related to their decisions if and when the criminal charges against Laplant are resolved.


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