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Bryon Vassey
Use of force expert testifies in Vassey trial

By Lindsay Kriz

Staff Writer

BOLIVIA— A use of force expert testified Monday he thinks a former Southport police sergeant acted appropriately when he fatally shot a schizophrenic Boiling Spring Lakes teen more than two years ago.

Lawyers for 46-year-old Bryon Vassey called Dave Cloutier, who serves as an expert in use-of-force science and self-defense tactics, as their third witness. Vassey is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the death of 18-year-old Keith Vidal in his home Jan. 5, 2014.

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