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Injured Glenville officer released from hospital

Injured Glenville officer released from hospital

Officer likely has months of rehabilitation ahead of him
Injured Glenville officer released from hospital
Officer Benjamin Ferretti is greeted by Albany Police Officer Sheila Couch, as he leaves Albany Medical Center on Friday.
Photographer: Provided photo

GLENVILLE -- The Glenville police officer who suffered a gunshot wound a week ago has returned home from the hospital, Glenville Supervisor Chris Koetzle said Friday afternoon.

Officer Benjamin Ferretti spent just under a week recovering at Albany Medical Center before being released Friday morning, Koetzle said.

"I've been in contact with the chief, and he's indicated to me that (Ferretti) is recovering well," Koetzle said.

Ferretti, 22, was hit by friendly fire as Glenville resident Brian Skinner charged at officers with a knife late on the night of July 28 at Skinner's 10 Pashley Road home, according to police.

Skinner, 32, an elementary school teacher in the Shenedehowa Central School District, died at the scene. Ferretti was hit in his back, abdomen area.

The incident happened after police from Glenville and Scotia responded to a call for a domestic disturbance involving a firearm. Officers from both departments opened fire when Skinner came out of the home wielding a knife, according to state police. 

Police have not definitively said how many officers were present or how many fired their weapons in the incident.

Police found no one else at the home and have found no evidence of a domestic dispute. 

Though out of the hospital, Ferretti is expected to have a long recovery ahead of him.

State Sen. Jim Tedisco, who visited Ferretti in the hospital last weekend with Koetzle, indicated then that Ferretti was expected to need up to six months of rehabilitation. 

Koetzle was hopeful Friday for a speedy recovery.

"I think we're taking it one day at a time," he said.

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