Officer arrested after brawl at police station

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — A Springfield police officer is facing assault charges after he and a superior officer engaged in a fight.

Patrolman Derek Cook allegedly assaulted Lieutenant Robert Moynihan and Sergeant Dennis O'Connor during a fight inside police headquarters on Saturday.

Cook was charged with two counts of assault and one count of making a threat.

Authorities say Cook and Moynihan got into a fight in a hallway after a disagreement during morning roll call.

Moynihan was treated and released by Baystate Medical Center.

O'Connor was injured while trying to break up the fight. The extent of his injuries was unknown.

The 39-year-old Cook and 57-year-old Moynihan were suspended until Tuesday.

Cook cooperated with detectives and was released on his own recognizance. A court date has not been set.

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