Quechee man injured in police shooting faces multiple charges

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UPDATE: Vermont State Police have identified the member involved in this incident, as Trooper Eric Vitali of the Royalton Barracks.

He was hired in 2005.

Vitali was initially assigned to the Rockingham Barracks, he transferred to the Westminster Barracks in 2006, and Royalton last year.

Police say a 19-year-man injured in a shooting involving a Vermont State trooper is accused of aggravated domestic assault, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest.

Police said they responded to a call of a domestic assault with a shotgun fired Sunday night. Officers said they found James Luce, of Quechee, armed with a shotgun walking near the home. Police said he refused to comply with their orders, but he didn’t threaten anyone with the gun.

In a later encounter with troopers, police said Luce again refused to comply and a trooper fired at him once. A stun gun also was used. Luce was taken into custody and brought to a hospital. Police say he suffered minor abrasions. He was expected in court Monday; it wasn’t known if he had a lawyer.

The trooper is on paid administrative leave.

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