Acting Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood said Thursday that Officer Gregory Vatrano is lucky to be alive after the knife glanced off his so-called trauma plate. It did not penetrate his skin.
Vatrano responded at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday to the fire allegedly set by 39-year-old Ruben Barrero, angry after being thrown out of his mother's home.
He was held without bail Thursday after a judge entered not guilty pleas on his behalf to charges including attempted murder and arson.
Barrero's attorney asked that his client undergo a mental health evaluation.
Vatrano is the brother of Florida Panthers player Frank Vatrano.
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