SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (abc40) -- Police Officer Edwin Irizzary has been released from duty while he recovers from injuries he suffered during a scuffle while attempting to arrest a man who allegedly refused to leave a Liberty Street bar early Tuesday morning.
Anthony Tyson, 25, of 242 Boston Road, is facing charges of resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and two counts of assault and battery on a police, according to Springfield Police Department spokesman Sgt. John Delaney.
Around 1:47 a.m. Tuesday, officers Irizzary and Robert Gonzalez arrived at Finnegan's Bar, located at 755 Liberty St., where the bouncer there told them he needed assistance clearing out the crowd, according to Delaney. Inside the bar, Tyson allegedly told the crowd they did not need to move, began to swear at police and told them he would not leave, according to Delaney.
The bar was eventually emptied, according to Delaney, but Tyson allegedly approached Irizzary outside, bumped his chest and asked him if he was "feeling tough. Irizzary attempted to place Tyson under arrest, according to Delaney, and was elbowed in the chest before both men wound up fighting on the ground on Liberty Street. Other officers responded to the incident and were able to place Tyson under arrest, according to Delaney.
Irizzary suffered a swollen knee and a sprained ankle during the scuffle, according to Delaney. He was one of three officers that became injured and were relieved from duty within in a two hour span. Earlier Tuesday two officers were injured in a car accident during a pursuit.
Tyson has been scheduled to be arraigned in Springfield District Court Wednesday.