Five hours after police officers arrived at a senior housing complex in Vermont, for a report of an elderly man threatening to kill people with two large kitchen knives, 76-year-old ralph ‘Phil’ Grenon lay dying on an ambulance gurney.
Moments earlier, he’d been shot four times by police.
The prosecutor found no officer would face criminal charges for Grenon’s death.
Grenon suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, had stopped taking his medications, and had refused all pleas from police including phone negotiations.
Tasers didn’t work, and when Grenon came out from behind the shower curtain in his bathroom – officer bowers fired.
Grenon’s daughter, listening by phone from Arizona, agreed the shooting was justified.