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PEPPERELL — A police officer has resigned following allegations he used excessive force on the job.

In September, Pepperell police became aware of an alleged incident of excessive force involving Sgt. Armando Herrera, according to Police Chief David Scott. The Police Department initiated an internal investigation, placing Herrera on administrative leave pending the conclusion of the investigation, Scott said in a press release.

Shortly after the investigation was completed by an independent professional, Herrera voluntarily resigned, the release states. The Middlesex District Attorney’s office was notified and is currently handling the investigation.

Scott said Pepperell police will no longer comment on the matter as it is under the jurisdiction of the DA.

Scott stressed that the alleged event was “an isolated incident.”

“It was identified internally by the Police Department and investigated immediately with the high level of professionalism you expect from your police department,” Scott said. “This has been a difficult time for our department and its dedicated members and we thank you for your continued support for the police officers and the department.”

A phone call and email to DA communications specialist Elizabeth Vlock was not returned. A message left to a phone number associated with Herrera was also not returned.

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