Source: Off-duty officer assisted victim at Mollys

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A source close to suspended Buffalo Police Officer Adam O’Shei says there is another story yet to be told concerning the assault on Bill Sager at Molly’s Pub.

Buffalo Police Officers Adam O’Shei and Rob Eloff were working security for Molly’s Pub on what was expected to be the last busy night of the season for the bar near the University at Buffalo’s south campus. The source says Molly’s manager Jeff Basil insisted the two officers come inside after they finished working at the door, to celebrate.

The source says Bill Sager was with a group of guys, hanging out, and at one point was having drinks with Basil.

Then Sager was pushed off a staircase and cracked his head.

At that point, the scene turned very chaotic. Sager was knocked unconscious, but the source says the first thing Officer O’Shei did was tend to the injured Sager, and bring him outside. O’Shei then called 911.

Police sources have told News 4 Officer Eloff handcuffed the unconscious Sager once he was outside. The source close to Officer O’Shei says the reason Eloff handcuffed Sager was that Basil was screaming and screaming that Sager had assaulted him. At a certain point O’Shei ordered the handcuffs removed.

The source said O’Shei stayed at Sager’s side and helped hold up his head until emergency responders arrived. O’Shei and his family are very troubled by the negative publicity and hate they’ve received from perfect strangers since the story broke.

The source says O’Shei had no role in tampering with the bar’s security cameras, and believes the footage on those video recorders will exonerate him from any wrongdoing. The main message the source wanted to get out is that O’Shei acted 100 percent to help the victim and played no role in his assault or any sort of cover-up.

O’Shei was suspended without pay Tuesday. He has not spoken with internal affairs investigators yet. He is expected to be a key witness in the criminal case against Jeff Basil.

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