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Prosecutor: Trooper justified in deadly shooting

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The state's attorney in Danbury says a state trooper was justified when he shot and killed a fugitive bank robber in 2010.

Danbury State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky announced Thursday that Trooper Jason Cassavechia reasonably believed deadly force to be necessary to defend himself and the public in the shooting death of 36-year-old Albert James Voute (VOWT') III.

Officials say Voute, most recently of Oradell, N.J., escaped from U.S. marshals in Martinsburg, W.V., on Sept. 15, 2010.

Authorities say Cassavechia shot Voute III to death on Oct. 8, 2010 when Voute pointed a gun at him. Police say the shooting happened after Voute stole a car in Danbury and led police on a chase.

Sedensky said Voute had disobeyed all commands and was pointing a gun at the trooper. The weapon was a BB gun.

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