BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – We’re keeping close tabs on two Buffalo police officers who are suspended without pay. Investigators are looking into the officers’ actions that night at Mollys Pub. For the first time, we’re hearing their perspective of what happened. A source close to suspended officer Adam O’Shei says there is another story to be told.
The main message the source wanted to get out is that Officer Adam O’Shei acted 100 percent to help the victim and played no role in his assault or in any sort of cover-up. A source close to suspended Buffalo Police Officer Adam O’Shei is sharing a different story about how O’Shei and fellow officer Rob Eloff handled the aftermath of the assault at Mollys Pub.
The source says O’Shei and Eloff were working security for Mollys Pub in the early morning hours of Mother’s Day when manager Jeff Basil insisted the two officers come inside after they finished working at the door.
The source says at one point, Bill Sager was having drinks with Basil. Then Sager was pushed down a flight of stairs, and into a coma.
The source says the first thing Officer O’Shei did was tend to the injured Sager, and help carry him outside. The source says O’Shei then called 911 for medical care.
Police sources have told News 4 Officer Eloff handcuffed Sager once he was outside unconscious. The source close to Officer O’Shei says the reason Eloff handcuffed him was because Jeff Basil had claimed that Sager assaulted him first. The source says O’Shei stayed with Sager until emergency responders arrived.
And while a lot of attention has been paid to the role of the two Buffalo Police officers, Jeff Basil is the only one who has been charged.
Former District Attorney Frank Clark and Defense Attorney Mollie McGorry agree, the moments before Sager was pushed down the stairs will be crucial for both sides in the case in order to prove intent.
“I want to know what happened before he fell down the stairs,” said Clark.
“It’s so early that nobody really knows exactly what happened and what the explanation for this situation is going to be,” said McGorry.
McGorry says the number of witnesses and whether the defendant tried to throw away surveillance video pose as challenges for the defense.
“Anything that happens in a bar in the wee hours of the morning always turns out to be a difficult case one way or the other,” said Clark.
Clark said it’s unlikely the two officers will face criminal charges because there’s no evidence to suggest either were part of the incident that resulted in Sager’s injuries.