Gagnon Pleads Not Guilty to Assault

Former police officer in court Wednesday morning to answer misdemeanor charge.

A retired Southampton Village police sergeant entered a plea of not guilty in Southampton Town Justice Court Wednesday morning to a charge of assault in the third degree, in relation to an Jan. 31 incident at a Bridgehampton restaurant and bar that put a man in the hospital.

Darren Gagnon, 51, of Shirley, was arrested that night after witnesses told police that he punched a Bridgehampton man in the face and head three times after an argument. The alleged victim was taken to Southampton Hospital and remained there for two nights.

According to witness depositions, Gagnon had wanted to speak with a man at the bar of Bobby Van's who did not wish to speak with him, and a man who never met Gagnon before told him to go away because he was being bothersome. Gagnon returned two more times, and the argument escalated, according to police, who said that on the third time the assault occurred. Gagnon told police, in substance, "I thought he was about to take a swing at me, so I punched him first."

Town Justice Andrea Schiavoni accepted Gagnon's plea and released him on his own recognizance, to return to court on April 24 for a conference date. Gagnon was represented by attorney Edward Burke Jr.

Gagnon's case was originally on the calendar for Wednesday afternoon, but his arraignment was unexpectedly moved up to the morning.

The incident occurred exactly one year and one day after Gagnon's retirement, which followed 24 years with the Southampton Village Police Department.

ajpwner February 27, 2013 at 10:29 PM
Retired at the at age of 51? Wow those east end cops have it MADE.
Algebra February 28, 2013 at 12:15 PM
Police throughout NY can retire after 20 years.
Jack February 28, 2013 at 01:00 PM
I have cops in the family that retired at 41. That and the benefits package teachers get is a ripoff of the taxpayer. It is actually a bribe by the democratic party for votes.
GOLD FINGER February 28, 2013 at 03:28 PM
He' has Eddie Burke as his attorney? Well he's getting off with a slap on the wrist. Nicely played Gagnon
G3Sag February 28, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Of course he has Eddie Burke as his attorney!!! This whole thing reeks.....it needs to be investigated by an outside source!!! and I mean OUTSIDE!! We will see him back at Bobby Vans in no time!!!
People Person February 28, 2013 at 04:54 PM
He returned 3 times to the bar? He was asked to take a hike by another guy at the bar who could see he was looking for trouble? Judge Judy would say that this Gagnan was looking to start trouble AND he took the first swing (with an excuse). It should not go without some punishment and Gagnan should be barred from places that serve alcohol in Suffolk County for 5 years and a 5 year restraining order to stay away from the guy Gagnan hit should be put into place. Maybe he'll grow up one day.
Hope and Change February 28, 2013 at 05:26 PM
This criminal is just doing what he has for 20 years... whatever the hell he wants!
highhatsize February 28, 2013 at 06:18 PM
The investigating officer already absolved him of felony charges. Whatever trivial punishment is imposed after his conviction on misdemeanor charges will be insignificant to the crime. From here on, Gagnon will be free to cold cock victims without being anxious that he might get in serious trouble (as long as he stays within STPD jurisdiction.)
christie nicolle February 28, 2013 at 07:01 PM
what he's getting away with is Nothing compared to what Obummer is getting away with: Benghazi or how about the recent hijacking of the worthless Oscars with his bulldog face wife + now threatening Bob Woodward for digging up his dirth?? Obama will make Nixon look innocent... wait + see.
Ralebird March 01, 2013 at 12:50 AM
This is getting weirder and weirder.
Maggie O'Callahan March 01, 2013 at 02:33 AM
I welcome you all to take the police civil service test and start your 20 plus year career. As far as Bobby Vans goes it was loaded with Bridgehampton firefighters drinking soda pop I am sure on our tax dollar. So yes let's bash the retired cop and let all the soda pop drinking firefighters alone. Trust me I have both firefighters and cops in my life. There is three stories here the cop, the firefight and the truth!!
Jaguar-Guy March 01, 2013 at 02:00 PM
There have got to be consequences for douches like this guy.
Robert March 01, 2013 at 03:48 PM
I think if he gets off we all should punch him in the face every time we see him. If its OK for him, it should be OK for us. This guy is a creep, everyone knows it. Judge, please do the right thing and punish this jerk.
Jaguar-Guy March 02, 2013 at 11:41 AM
Maggie, let someone punch you in the face and walk - ok. What a stupid thing to write, honestly.
CVL March 24, 2013 at 01:11 PM
you all have a lot to say, but everyone can look in the mirror at one time or another and know u could have handled the situation differently, He is not a bad man, sure we all have some bad habits.. unless ur the exceptions.. which I doubt... One bad judgement, doesn't make u a bad person.. and Mr. Gagnon is not...
Robert March 24, 2013 at 01:48 PM
He is a piece of crap.that is why we have a lot to say.
Meadow Lane March 24, 2013 at 02:03 PM
Check your facts, Jack...the GOP gave them their contracts.


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