Thanks to Morgan for pointing me to this story from today's Burlington Free Press:
Vermont State Police say a man has died after being tased by a trooper during a confrontation Wednesday afternoon in Bradford.
It happened yesterday, and the State Police responded to a call indicating that someone was suicidal and was threatening to harm himself or others.
Troopers arrived with guns drawn but switched from guns to the "less lethal" Taser. The story has it that the man was "advanc[ing] in the trooper's direction", although there was no indication that he had a weapon or attempted to assault the trooper.
The autopsy is supposed to be done today, but I think we can all be glad that the state police were there to prevent this man from harming himself.
So I'm just curious: since the initial call came from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and since the victim was supposedly suicidal, what protection will mental patients at Central Vermont Hospital in Berliln have once the Berlin police get their Tasers?