2 Braddock officers suspended for fighting while on duty, officials say



BRADDOCK, Pa. - Two local police officers were suspended Thursday night after officials said they got into a fight while on duty.

Braddock's mayor said the fight happened around 11:30 p.m. Mayor John Fetterman said the two officers are now the focus of an outside investigation by the district attorney's office.

"They are both good officers who let their human emotions get the best of them. It should not have happened as a police officer," Fetterman said.

Fetterman said both officers have served for Braddock Police for several years. He said one of the officers is responsible for saving five people from a burning building in Rankin last year.

"It was an argument that got out of control. Between two officers – that should not have happened. Both officers expressed regret," said Fetterman. "I think they were both stressed out. It was the end of the shift. It should not have happened."

The mayor said neither officer was hurt during the altercation.

Channel 11's Lori Houy reported that another officer witnessed the fight and will be briefed as part of the overall investigation by the district attorney. There is also reportedly surveillance video that will be used as part of the investigation.

The mayor assured residents that despite the incident, the Braddock Police Department is a professional force and this type of behavior will not be tolerated.

"Thankfully no one was hurt and it's a matter of doing a thorough investigation and handing out appropriate amount of discipline and possible removal," Fetterman said.

Both officers remain suspended without pay pending the outcome of the investigation.