Police fire on man in Bristol who refused command to drop weapon

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Vermont State troopers responding to a domestic violence call in Bristol late Tuesday shot an armed man who refused commands to drop his weapon.

Police identified the man as Greg West, 28. Police say a 911 caller reported just before 10 p.m. that West was intoxicated, threatening and had damaged the home on Lower Notch Road. The caller told officers there were several children inside the house and that West had a shotgun.

Troopers and a Bristol Police officer confronted West on a steep driveway between the house and the road. The officers tried to descalate the situation by offering to get West help, while encouraging him to put down the shotgun. West refused the command and the two troopers fired multiple rounds from their patrol rifles, striking West multiple times.

West was transported by helicopter to University of Vermont Medical Center, where he is critical, but stable condition following surgery, police said. No one else was injured.

The officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave, per department policy. Their names were not released.

Vermont State Police have scheduled a news conference for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday to discuss the incident.

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