Quantcast

What triggered a shooting inside the Bennington police station? - WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-

What triggered a shooting inside the Bennington police station?

Posted: Updated:
BENNINGTON, Vt. -

"There was a lot of commotion, looked out my window, and you can see lights, you heard the ambulance-- there were people screaming," said Maryellen Cabaniol of Bennington.

Cabaniol was spending a quiet night at home Tuesday, but that quickly changed. Police say Gregory Filo, 42, of Bennington, walked into the Bennington Police Department lobby and was behaving erratically. We have learned from officials he displayed a knife and was with a friend. When police believed his friend had been stabbed, they say they repeatedly asked Filo to drop the knife.

"Members of the Bennington Police Department were involved in the use of deadly force at the police facility yesterday evening at around 20:30 hours," said Stuart Hurd, the Bennington town manager.

That's when an officer fired one shot and hit Filo.

Neighbors just down the street, in what they say is a normally quiet neighborhood, couldn't believe it had happened where they live.

"Absolutely, Bennington doesn't have this kind of stuff. I mean once in a while you hear rumors," said Darrell Cabaniol of Bennington.

Town officials say they will be examining safety procedures.

"I think we'll take a look at it, make sure that the way the building is set up is appropriate and secure, and as I've said before, we don't have these kinds of incidents in Bennington," Hurd said.

And Bennington residents say they'll also be taking a look at theirs.

"Yeah, pretty much I leave my door unlocked during the day here. I'm not afraid of anybody walking in or anything, but second thoughts now," said Tina Mentiply of Bennington.

Vermont State Police are conducting an ongoing investigation and we are told Filo was the only person injured. He is still hospitalized at Albany Medical Center. The officer is on paid administrative leave, which is customary in an officer-involved shooting. Investigators have not yet released the officer's name.

Related Story:

Officer-involved shooting in Bennington Police Dept.
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WCAX. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.