Officer Identified in Bennington Police Station Shooting

By Joe Gullo

Published 04/25 2014 11:32AM

Updated 04/25 2014 06:21PM

BENNINGTON, Vt. - Vermont State Police released the name of the Bennington police officer involved in the Bennington police station shooting.
A press release says the officer involved was Patrol Sargent Michael Plusch. Sgt. Plusch still remains on paid administrative leave, per protocol. 

A press release says at approximately 8:30 p.m., Gregory Filo, 42, of Bennington, Vt., walked into the lobby of Bennington Police Department and was acting erratically. Shortly after a friend of Filo entered the lobby. The dispatcher noticed that Filo was making a stabbing motions to his friend with a knife. 

Police say the dispatcher, believing Filo was going to stab his friend, notified officers at the station. 

When officers entered, Filo brandished the knife in a threatening manner. Police say officers demanded Filo drop the knife, but he ignored them. Sgt. Plusch  fired his duty weapon once, striking Filo. 

Filo remains in critical, but stable condition. He is still receiving medical treatment at the Albany Medical Center. 

The police department will conduct and administrative review of the incident. 

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