Officer  returns  after  assault

A Jaffrey officer who was allegedly assaulted on Gilbo Avenue in downtown Keene last month has returned to work after nearly two weeks off the schedule.

Administrative Assistant Denise Chatel of the Jaffrey Police Department said Wednesday that June 28 was Officer Joseph Golinski’s first day back to work since the alleged assault on June 17. Chatel would not discuss the extent of his injuries, and Golinski has declined to comment when contacted by the Ledger-Transcript.

Keene Police Lt. Steven Stewart said Tuesday that police are still investigating a motive for the alleged assault and have yet to identify a suspect.

Golinski was reportedly in Keene on the evening of June 17 with two other off-duty officers — one from Jaffrey and a second from Nashua — to watch the Bruins playoff game at Lab’n Lager. Later in the evening, Golinski was assaulted near his vehicle and found by his friends beaten and on the ground, according Keene Sgt. Christopher Simonds.

Simonds said in a recent interview that Golinski had seen a man trying to let the air out of his vehicle’s tires, while it was parked behind a restaurant. After the three off-duty officers confronted the man, an altercation of some kind ensued and Golinski’s friends unsuccessfully pursued the man on foot. When the two off-duty officers returned to Gilbo Avenue at approximately 11:19 p.m., they found Golinski unconscious, according to Keene police. He was transported to Cheshire Medical Center in Keene for treatment and later released.

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