• Vt. officer who shot man was sued over '05 fight
    The Associated Press | November 24,2013
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    BURLINGTON - A police officer who fatally shot a man outside his home this month had been a defendant in a lawsuit that had alleged police brutality, a newspaper reported.

    Court documents show that Cpl. Ethan Thibault and another Burlington officer were sued for unlawful trespass, battery and false imprisonment in their handling of a 2005 report of a man and woman fighting, the Burlington Free Press reported.

    After reviewing the case, Burlington Police Chief Michael Schirling said it appeared that Thibault was not responsible for the part of lawsuit that alleged excessive force. Neither officer was found to have violated police procedures, he said.

    The city settled the case for an undisclosed amount of money.

    Thibault is being investigated for shooting 49-year-old Wayne J. Brunette outside his home Nov. 6.

    The shooting occurred after family members called police to say Brunette was acting erratically, authorities said. Brunette was shot after he repeatedly ignored orders to put down a shovel he was carrying, police said.

    Thibault did not respond to a request seeking comment.
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