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Springfield fire commissioner attacked by former employee

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Michael Richard with the department's new dog, Tiller, in 2010. (MassLive) Michael Richard with the department's new dog, Tiller, in 2010. (MassLive)
SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

Springfield's Fire Commissioner, Joseph Conant was ambushed and attacked Tuesday night allegedly by a disgruntled former employee named Michael Richard. 

Communications Director for Mayor Domenic Sarno, James Leydon tells CBS 3 that it happened around 7:30 Tuesday night at the commissioner's Springfield home. 

The alleged suspect fled the scene before authorities arrived. 

Conant was taken to Baystate Medical Center where he was treated and released. 

Mayor Sarno was with Conant at the hospital and said the commissioner "is in good health and good spirits."

Meantime, Springfield Police Commissioner, John Barbieri had this to say, "At this point an investigation is underway and a criminal complaint is being sought."

Our media partners at MassLive and The Republican reported back in Dec. 2012 that a Capt. Michael Richard, Jr. with the Springfield Fire Department had filed an appeal with two state agencies after not being selected for a position as deputy chief.

The article states that Commissioner Conant, who was in an interim role at the time, defended his appointment of a different candidate. 

Officials have not confirmed whether this is the same Richard named in the attack. 

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