State files felony assault charges against man police shot


BENNINGTON -- The state has filed felony assault charges against a man police shot in the police station lobby Tuesday night.

Gregory Filo, 42, of Safford Street, entered the lobby of the Bennington Police Department, 118 South St., at approximately 8:30 p.m. while carrying a knife. Police said he was making stabbing motions at another man and refused to drop the knife when ordered to.

He came at police while brandishing the weapon and was shot by an officer once in the chest.

Filo was taken to Albany Medical Center in Albany, N.Y., where, as of Wednesday afternoon, he was reportedly in stable condition.

No one else was injured.

The Bennington County State's Attorney's Office filed two felony counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against Filo on Thursday. That same day, Judge Nancy Corsones found probable cause for the charges and a warrant for Filo's arrest was issued. He is to be held without bail until his arraignment hearing, which has not been scheduled.

According to Court Operations Manager Wendy Dickie, files associated with the case will not be public until after the arraignment.

It's not clear if Filo has an attorney.

As part of standard procedures, Vermont State Police are investigating the incident. Once they are finished, the Vermont Attorney General's Office will do its own review.

The name of the officer who fired the shot has not been released. According to State Police, the officer has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure after a shooting.

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