BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP/WBEN) - The Buffalo Police Department has suspended without pay two officers who were working off-duty jobs at a pub where authorities say an Air National Guardsman was critically injured when the manager pushed him down a flight of stairs. Meanwhile, the fiancee of the guardsman has been granted guardianship.
Police spokesman Michael DeGeorge says the officers had been on paid administrative leave before being suspended Tuesday. Police say 28-year-old Tech. Sgt. William Sager Jr. suffered severe brain injuries when he was pushed down the stairs at Molly's Pub early on the morning of May 11. The bar's manager, 35-year-old Jeffrey Basil, was charged with assault last weekend.
The two off-duty officers were employed by the bar as outside security. The police department is investigating their actions before and after Sager was injured. He's in critical condition at a Buffalo hospital.
Judge John Dillon granted guardianship to Sager's fiancee Erika Webster. Webster says, "Right now, I'm really just focused on being at his side and that so…and being there to support him." She adds what happened was unthinkable.