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Man suffers broken bones in Thursday night Armory St. melee

CORRECTION: Greenfield Police officer Patrick F. Buchanan’s last name was misspelled.

GREENFIELD — Whatever the facts of the matter, a report of 10 people fighting with bats and knives on Armory Street Wednesday night was enough to flood the street with red and blue lights.

Four Greenfield police and three state police cars responded to the scene shortly before 10:30 p.m.

After 15 minutes, paramedics loaded a man onto a stretcher in a seated position and into a Baystate Health Ambulance, which came and went with little haste and no siren.

One man suffered a broken cheek bone when he was struck with a baseball bat, and may require corrective surgery, according to a police log narrative filed by Sgt. James Rode.

According to the log, officers were called to 4 Armory Street at about 10:22 p.m. Wednesday, for a report of a large fight in progress.

According to a log narrative by Officer Patrick Buchanen, all available officers responded, and began to separate the two fighting groups. Buchanen wrote that he saw a man, identified as Bennie Suggs, 32, of Springfield, walk around the building, bleeding from his nose, his face swollen.

Suggs was sent to Baystate Franklin Medical Center, to be treated for his injuries. While there, Buchanen interviewed Suggs.

Suggs said left the apartment with a friend to go home to Springfield, when the fight broke out, according to the log. Suggs said that he did not engage anyone, but was hit in the face with a baseball bat, causing his injuries, according to Buchanen’s narrative.

After his release from the hospital, Suggs was arrested on an unrelated warrant, for failing to appear in Springfield District Court on a disorderly conduct case.

A later call is logged from an Armory Street address the following morning in which the caller requests an officer regarding some knives he found on his front lawn.

Greenfield police did not return calls for comment Thursday. Under a new department policy instituted by Chief Robert Haigh Jr. with his arrival in November, only officers ranking as lieutenant or above may speak to the press.

You can reach Chris Curtis at: ccurtis@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 257

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