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Vt. sheriff’s deputy pleads not guilty to attempted murder

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (WCAX) - A Rutland County sheriff’s deputy pleaded not guilty in court Tuesday to attempted murder and assault charges. This stems from a police-involved shooting in New York.

Body camera footage from November shows Saratoga Springs Police shooting at Vito Caselnova, 25, after he failed to drop his weapon. He was taken into custody on Tuesday.

Police say the situation started when Caselnova was attacked by a group of six people at about 3 a.m. outside a bar while off-duty.

He and the attackers exchanged gunfire. Caselnova claims he was acting in self-defense and didn’t hear officers shouting at him to drop the gun.

The Rutland County Sheriff’s office says Caselnova works part time and is on unpaid administrative leave.

His next court appearance is scheduled for May 2.

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