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DA investigating alleged fight between West Reading police chief, officer

By Pam Cunningham, Reporter
Published On: Sep 05 2012 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 06 2012 05:31:05 AM CDT

DA investigating alleged fight between chief, officer

WEST READING, Pa. -

It could be another black eye for the West Reading Police Department. The Berks County district attorney's office said it's investigating a possible physical altercation between Police Chief Edward Fabriziani and officer Ron Ladd.

The altercation sent the chief to the hospital. At this point no charges have been filed, but detectives are looking into last Friday's incident that caused Fabriziani to be treated for cuts.

Berks County detectives said they are investigating an alleged physical altercation that happened in the West Reading police chief's office on Friday.

"Wow, I haven't heard of that, but if that's the case that's crazy," said Terrell McDonald. "They should be working together. No reason they should be fighting each other. They should be fighting for our protection and not fighting against each other."

People who live in West Reading said they were shocked to learn that two of their police officers could possibly hurt each other.

But in January, a West Reading police sergeant was fired after officials said he illegally used his Taser on two officers inside the department.

In 2005, Ladd was credited for saving a woman who was choking to death. But now, he's getting attention for a reported disagreement with his boss.

"What's going on with the officers," said McDonald, "Obviously, something is not right. Obviously, they had a misunderstanding. Obviously, it escalated to an argument and a physical altercation."

"It is disappointing. Wow," said Rebecca Perez.

Perez said she has lived in West Reading for 11 years. And she said she feels safe and trusts the police.

"I can't really believe that because you know since I've been here they've always gotten along great," said Perez.

If charges are filed and the story is confirmed, Perez and McDonald said:

"I don't know what happens in them cases, but suspensions I guess," said Perez.

"That would happen to any of us," said McDonald, "Anybody on the street that gets into an altercation, you're going to get in trouble, you're going to get locked up, you're going to get a citation. I think that should happen with them."

We reached out to the police department and were told they could not comment because this is a personnel matter.