Suspended Springfield police officer released, must wear GPS monitoring device

Officer scheduled for a detention hearing Friday

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The Springfield police officer who is accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend was released on multiple conditions after his court hearing Friday afternoon.

Conditions of Officer Dushaine Goffe’s release include that he stay away from the alleged victim, refrain from drinking alcohol/drugs, submit to drug screenings, and that he not go to Northampton, Amherst, or Hadley. He will be released after he is fitted with a GPS monitoring device.

The officer is scheduled to return to court on February 8, 2018.

Goffe and the victim dated on and off for three years, according to police reports sent to 22News by Northampton District Court.

Springfield Police officer suspended with pay after alleged assault

The woman told police that Goffe was “extremely abusive physically,” during their relationship. The two met at Packard’s bar in downtown Northampton at around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. That’s where Goffe allegedly became agitated, choked the woman, and at one point, revealed his duty weapon from under his clothing.

According to the police reports, Goffe followed the victim back to her apartment at Meadowbrook, where he is accused of breaking her side view mirror. When asked to recall the events of the night to police officers, he allegedly paused for long periods of time to think about what happened. He also allegedly told an officer he was “pretty drunk.”

Report: Officer charged with assault had a history of violent behavior toward victim

Officer 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.

He was suspended with pay from the Springfield Police Department effective Tuesday. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said in a statement sent to 22News that if the allegations against Goffe are proven true he should be terminated.

“In every profession there are a vast majority of good and dedicated individuals, unfortunately at times there is a ‘bad apple,'” Sarno said. “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.”