- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 23, 2014

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - State investigators began considering Wednesday whether to criminally charge a man who was shot and wounded by a Bennington police officer after refusing to drop a knife in the town police department, state police said.

Gregory Filo, 42, of Bennington in southwestern Vermont, was shot once Tuesday evening after he made threatening moves toward officers, police said. He was in stable condition Wednesday at a New York hospital, but no details were available.

Police say the confrontation began around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday when Filo, accompanied by a friend, walked into the lobby of the police department while acting erratically.

A dispatcher saw Filo had a knife and was making a stabbing motion at the friend. Believing the friend had been stabbed, the dispatcher told officers in the building about what was happening.

“When officers entered the lobby, Filo brandished the knife in a threatening manner,” a state police statement said. “Repeated verbal commands from the BPD officers to Filo to drop the knife were reportedly ignored as he advanced on the police officers.”

One officer fired one round from his duty weapon, striking Filo. The friend was not injured.

“This is not something we see here in Bennington,” said longtime Town Manager Stuart Hurd. “It’s a tragic situation that it came to this.”

Filo was flown to Albany Medical Center. Bennington police immediately asked the state police to investigate.

Investigators are working with the Bennington County state’s attorney’s office to determine whether charges should be filed against Filo.

The name of the officer who fired the shot has not been released. The officer was placed on paid administrative leave while the investigation continues as is routine in such cases, state police said.

Once the investigation is completed, it will be reviewed, independently, by both the Bennington County State’s Attorney and the Vermont Attorney General.

It was the third officer-involved shooting in Vermont this month. On April 4, a man was shot and killed by Brattleboro police during a search for drugs at a hotel. On April 6, two troopers and a civilian suffered minor wounds after being shot in the town of Leicester. A suspect has been charged in that case.

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