BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Two officers are now on paid administrative leave as Buffalo Police Internal Affairs investigates their involvement with the assault of a bar customers at Mollys on Main Street, Sunday morning.
News 4 has learned William Sager, a 28-year-old airman stationed at the Niagara Falls Reserve Station, was pushed down a flight of stairs inside the bar. He was found unconscious outside the bar around 2 a.m. on Sunday and remains in the ICU at ECMC.
Buffalo Police Chief of Detectives Dennis Richards said, “It’s believed the 28-year-old individual was pushed down a flight of stairs inside the bar and what we’re doing is getting to the bottom of it, what took place, how it took place who is involved including the presence of two police officers.”
Mollys, which has been closed all week, has now been shut down for the foreseeable future by an emergency police order.
High ranking police sources tell News 4 a second officer is now being investigated in the case. News 4 previously reported one off-duty officer was inside the bar working in a security role.
Several sources tell News 4 the officer working in a security role is B-District officer Rob Eloff. Two weeks ago, Eloff was the subject of a News investigation. A woman claims while taking a video at the St. Patrick’s Day parade, Eloff slapped her phone out of her hand and stomped on it.
Neither officer is being investigated as part of the assault, rather, Internal Affairs is working to determine what they saw, what they heard, and what they were doing in the bar.
Police officers are not allowed to work inside bars as security or bouncers but are allowed to work outside. Sources tell News 4 both Eloff and the other officer claim they were working security outside the bar, and when their shift ended, they went inside to drink.
“The Buffalo Police Department certainly takes these matters very seriously, as well as the entire City of Buffalo administration,” Richards said.
News 4 has learned a man with major connections to the bar has been named a suspect in this assault, although charges have not been filed yet. The suspect’s lawyer, Joel Daniels, has not returned multiple calls seeking comment.
Police are calling on the public for help with video or pictures from inside the bar to help determine what happened to William Sager.