Glenville officer 'in good spirits' after being hit by friendly fire – New York News

A Glenville police officer wounded by friendly fire during a fatal confrontation with a Shenendehowa Central School District teacher is expected to recover and return to the force, local officials said.


Officer Ben Ferretti was in good spirits Sunday at Albany Medical Center, said state Sen. Jim Tedisco, who visited Ferretti in the hospital. The bullet did not hit any vital organs, and narrowly missed his spine, Tedisco said in a statement.

Ferretti, 22, was hit in the abdomen when officers fired at Brian J. Skinner, who charged at police with a knife, state police said. Police responded Friday night to a call at Skinner’s home for a domestic dispute, though an investigation turned up no signs of a dispute and no other occupants in the home.

State police continued to investigate the incident Sunday, and had no further updates.

Glenville and Scotia police responded to 10 Pashley Road about 11 p.m. Friday for a report of a domestic disturbance. The caller stated Skinner had a gun, according to Glenville police.

When officers approached the home, a man emerged from the front door and charged officers with a weapon. Police shot and killed the man, identified as Skinner, and Ferretti was shot in the abdomen, just under his bullet proof vest.

The investigation was turned over to state police, who said there was no evidence of a domestic dispute, and there were no other people in the home at the time of the incident.

Ferretti was hit with a bullet during a “law enforcement weapon discharge,” state police said. It has still not been determined which weapon caused his injury.

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