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Man Shot in Bennington Police Department Lobby

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Bennington, Vt. — Police shot a knife-wielding man in their lobby Tuesday night.

State Police say Gregory Filo, 42, of Bennington was shot in the Police Station lobby after threatening a police officer with a knife. Filo is in stable condition at Albany, N.Y. Medical Center following the incident.

According to State Police, Filo entered the Bennington Police Department lobby at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday night with a friend. Filo made stabbing motions with a knife at the friend and dispatchers thought he was telling them his friend was stabbed.

When officers entered the lobby, Filo allegedly then began threatening police. Bennington officers told Filo to drop the knife but instead, he "advanced on the police officers," according to State Police.

One officer shot Filo and then police called for rescue. Bennington officers say Filo's friend had not been injured in any way.

Filo was taken to Albany Medical Center and state Police were called in for the investigation. State Police are working with the Bennington County State's Attorney's Office and charges against Filo may be pending.

The officer who shot Filo is on paid leave but his name was not released. State Police say the investigation is ongoing and more information will be available at a later time.

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