SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Springfield Police officer accused of assaulting a woman in Northampton has been suspended with pay.
Springfield Police Department spokesperson Ryan Walsh said in a statement Wednesday that Officer Dushaine Goffe was placed on suspension effective Tuesday.
According to Northampton District Court documents obtained by 22News, Goffe has been charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of strangulation or suffocation, and three counts of malicious damage to a motor vehicle.
According to Northampton Police reports, officers were called to the Meadowbrook Apartments for a report of an ongoing disturbance involving a man who had broken a woman’s car window at around 2:30 in the morning Tuesday. When the first officer got there, a woman allegedly told her that Goffe had broken her side view mirror.
The alleged victim, according to the police report, told the officer she met Goffe at a bar in Northampton earlier that night. During that time, the victim told police he became agitated with her, choked her, and at one point moved his clothing to reveal a gun on his hip while he was playing pool.
The report goes on to say that the woman told the responding officer Goffe followed her out of the bar to a gas station nearby, where she said he threw his cell phone at her throat. The alleged victim reported to police that she then drove to the apartment complex, where he had followed her again.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno issued a statement to 22News saying, “the arrest of Springfield Police Officer Dushaine K. Goffe on assault and battery charges on a female is not only conduct unbecoming of an officer, it is conduct unbecoming of a human being. When you put on a badge it is to serve and protect those of us in need. This is especially true when it comes to domestic violence issues.”
Mayor Sarno added:
If proven true, these charges show Officer Goffe has failed to uphold this proud and brave standard, in my eyes he should then be terminated. In every profession there are a vast majority of good and dedicated individuals, unfortunately at times there is a ‘bad apple.’ This should not be held as an overall reflection of the men and women in blue at the Springfield Police Department who serve with honor, courage, and compassion. The Springfield Police Department and the Community Police Hearing Board stand ready to pursue discipline once the criminal charges are resolved.”
The report also says, the woman told police that Goffe has always been aggressive and intimidating, but because he was a police officer, she did not report numerous incidents.
The woman also allegedly told the officer Goffe has pulled her over in a cruiser before to threaten her and her friends. Golfe also allegedly constantly “dares” her to call police, the report stated.
According to another responding officer’s report, after gathering witness statements, it was determined there was probable cause for Goffe’s arrest. He was arrested at his home in Hatfield with the help of Massachusetts State Police, who were called in after it was determined Goffe was a Springfield Police officer who “normally carries his duty weapon.”
The police report indicates that Goffe told the officers he drank several beers and shots of tequila at the bar. He allegedly recounted his version of events and often had to stop “occasionally for long periods of time” to think about what happened.
A third police report alleged that Goffe stated he had tried to knock the mirror off the car and that it fell or may have been broken. Later at the police station, an officer reported Goffe inhaled sharply during the fingerprinting process when pressure was put down on his right hand, but Goffe allegedly told the officer he dislocated his finger some time ago and that it was still sensitive.
Goffe has been the defendant in four civil restraining orders, and was charged with domestic assault and battery in Palmer District Court, where it was continued without a finding, according to the police reports sent to 22News by the Northampton District Court Clerk’s Office.
His duty weapon was seized by Northampton Police officers and later picked up by a member of the Springfield Police Department.