Jun 28, 2016 9:49 AM

Greenfield police chief placed on leave


GREENFIELD - The chief of police, Brian Giammarino, has been placed on paid leave, but town officials are not saying much about the reason.

“He was involved in an incident and is taking a little time off,” select board Chairwoman Margaret Charig Bliss told the Concord Monitor. “There is an investigation under way, and until it’s resolved, we have to choose our words carefully.”

The timing raises questions about a possible relationship to the shooting in Peterborough where a young man was shot and killed by police. A Greenfield cruiser was among the police presence at the scene on June 21 along with a state police cruiser and cruisers from Peterborough. It is unclear who fired the fatal shot.

There is no definite timeline for Giammarino's return and for now, part-time Greenfield officer and Hancock police Chief Andrew Wood will lead the department. Giammarino also works as a sergeant in Hancock but efforts to find out whether he was on leave with that department as well were not immediately successful.

The attorney general’s office is investigating, but it could take several months before the results are made public.

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