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Retired Southampton Village Police Officer Charged With Assault

Southampton Town police say Darren Gagnon was arrested following fight at Bobby Van's.

UPDATE 10:34 p.m.: A retired Southampton Village Police Department sergeant is under arrest after a dispute he was having at a Bridgehampton restaurant Thursday night became physical, according to Southampton Town police.

Darren Gagnon, 51, of Shirley, was charged with assault in the third degree, a misdemeanor. Town police said they were called to the fight at Bobby Van's restaurant at 6:06 p.m., and Bridgehampton Fire Department Ambulance Company transported the victim to Southampton Hospital for treatment.

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A retired Southampton Village police officer is under arrest following an altercation at Bobby Van's restaurant in Bridgehampton Thursday evening, according to Southampton Town police.

The second man involved in the altercation was taken to a hospital for his injuries.

Sgt. John Boden said that the identity of the subject under arrest will be forthcoming, but he confirmed that the person was formerly a member of the Southampton Village Police Department.

Jasmine February 02, 2013 at 03:48 AM
Who was the guy that was beat up???
John February 02, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Misdemeanor? It was a premeditated assault he attacked the guy when his 2 backup cops walked in ex chief wilson being one of them gagnon said you got my back im gonna mess this guy up 10 minutes after the exchange of words
Jean February 04, 2013 at 04:46 AM
Coward, coward, coward! ! Darren had every opertunity to strick the victim when they were face to face .. He waited untill the situation was defused , and the victim was seated at the bar with his back to Darren . That is when the coward sucker punched the victim three times and put him in the ICU ..
highhatsize February 04, 2013 at 05:49 AM
According to three posters who appear to have been eye-witnesses, the ex-cop sucker punched the victim, and then struck him several more times while he was unconscious on the ground, all the time being backstopped by two other (former?) cops, one being the ex-chief of the STPD. With only a misdemeanor charged, there is an appearance of favoritism by Village officials. The state should step into the investigation to insure impartiality.
SouthforkJoe February 08, 2013 at 02:57 PM
This is an opportunity for the police department and judicial system of Southampton to regain some long lost credibility. Elevate the charges to 2nd degree assault, convict Mr Gagnon and give him the maximum sentence. This is an open and shut case, complete with victim, witnesses and premeditation. Mr Gagnon is obviously a predator whose violent behave will be missed by neither the citizens of Southampton nor its police force.

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