Pownal man shot by trooper indicted on federal gun charges

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A Pownal man wounded by a state trooper in October after failing to follow orders to put down a shotgun was arraigned in federal court Monday for illegally possessing a firearm.

Bernard Rougeau, 48, has a felony conviction and is prohibited from possessing a gun. If convicted he could face 10 years in prioson and $250,000 fine.

Rougeau has already been arraigned on state charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, reckless endangerment and interference with access to emergency services.

Vermont State Police were called to Rougeau’s home at 52 Short Road on October 18 after family members called 911 tand told dispatchers that Rougeau had been drinking and had intentionally cut himself.

By the time police arrived, Rougeau had left the house for a wooded area nearby. Troopers and Bennington Police had surrounded the area when, after nearly an hour, Rougeau came out of the woods, carrying a 12-gauge shotgun.

Troopers ordered Rougeau to drop the gun multiple times, but he instead raised the weapon, police said. Trooper Thomas Sandberg fired at Rougeau, who was wounded and transported to Albany Medical Center for treatment.

After an investigation, the Vermont Attorney General’s Office said it would not file charges against Sandberg.

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