Off-duty officer found beaten

Golinski was with friends at pub in Keene

KEENE — An off-duty Jaffrey police officer sustained facial injuries in an alleged assault on Gilbo Avenue in downtown Keene last week.

As of press time Monday, Keene police said the incident, which occurred one week ago, remains under investigation and that there are no suspects at this time.

Keene Sgt. Christopher Simonds said by phone Thursday that Jaffrey Officer Joseph Golinski was in town on the evening of Monday, 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 on Main Street. Later in the evening, Golinski was assaulted near his vehicle.

At one point in the evening, Simonds said Golinski saw a man trying to let the air out of his vehicle’s tires while it was parked behind Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant.

Following an altercation of some kind in the parking lot, Simonds said two of the off-duty officers ran after the suspect while Golinski stayed with his car. But they pursued the man unsuccessfully, according to police.

When Golinski’s friends returned to Gilbo Avenue at approximately 11:19 p.m., they found Golinski beaten and on the ground, Simonds said.

Golinski was transported to Cheshire Medical Center in Keene for treatment. He has since been released from the hospital, but as of Monday had not returned to work. Police Chief Bill Oswalt said by phone Monday that he’s hopeful Golinski will return to his duties by the end of this week.

The motive for the assault is unclear at this time, Simonds said. “I don’t know why that particular vehicle was targeted,” he said.

Police said it is also unclear how many people may have been involved in the incident.

Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 228 or adandrea@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @alyssadandrea.

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