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Peel officer suspended after fight leaves superior officer bloodied

Last Updated Dec 14, 2018 at 6:43 pm EDT

For the second time in two weeks, a violent incident involving two police officers has resulted in serious injury and an investigation.

A Peel Regional police officer has been suspended following an altercation back on Dec. 9 after a superior officer, a sergeant, questioned the officer’s fitness for duty.

The officer presented the sergeant with results of a breathalyser test and a fight ensued in which the constable punched the sergeant, which resulted in a bloody nose.

Cst. Stephen Dudzinski has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of the internal investigation. According to the Peel Police Sunshine List, Dudzinski earned $104,000 in 2017.

“Because it’s an ongoing investigation I can’t speak to what occurred or why it occurred,” Peel police spokesperson Sgt. Matt Bertram tells CityNews. “I can assure you almost all police officers are professionals and incidents like this are very rare and certainly we take them seriously and will investigate them fully.”

The province’s Special Investigations Unit has not been called in to investigate as the incident did not result in “serious injury.”

This is the second investigation in the last few weeks involving an incident between police officers on the job.

Back on Nov. 29, an altercation between two Niagara regional police officers sent one of them to hospital with a gunshot wound. The officer was discharged from hospital earlier this week and no charges have been laid in that case as the SIU continues to investigate.