On Sept. 22 at about 3:23 a.m., officer Jeffry Gagnon was dispatched to the area of Burnside Avenue for a report of a motorist leaving the scene of an accident.
On his way, Gagnon observed 10-15 people gathered in front of 124 Burnside Avenue, apparently unrelated to the accident call. Gagnon noticed there was debris in the road that appeared to be smashed pieces of furniture.
As Gagnon exited his vehicle, several members of the crowd approached, saying "You've got to stop him," according to the report.
Gagnon witnessed a man, Matthew Priest, 24, of 53 North Main St., apt. 2R, and a woman arguing, with a third person trying to separate the two. Priest screamed at the woman that he woud punch her in the face, "again".
Gagnon attempted to lead Priest away from the argument, but Priest resisted, and in the struggle Gagnon knocked him to his knees. A second officer helped to restrain Priest.
A witness told Gagnon that Priest asked him to remove the woman from inside the residence, "Before I go to jail," he said. When he saw the woman a little while later, he said, Priest took a table and threw it into the street, breaking it. He then also grabbed a nearby chair and threw it at the woman before punching her in the face.
A rescue was called for the woman to be transported to Landmark Medical Center, and Priest was arrested for simple assault, resisting arrest, domestic assault and disorderly conduct.