David Clifford, Mpls police sergeant, in jail after nearly killing man with alleged bar sucker punch
|Clifford has been with the MPD since 1993.|
Surveillance footage shows that just seconds later, the man waylaid Vander Lee, sending him sprawling to the concrete with a single punch to the face. Vander Lee's head hit the concrete, causing bleeding on his brain. He had two brain surgeries yesterday and was reportedly on life support as of 9 p.m. last night.
The suspect ran from the scene, but turned himself in to Anoka County Jail yesterday afternoon with a lawyer by his side. His name is David Clifford. He's a sergeant with the Minneapolis Police Department and is currently the executive officer of the MPD's SWAT team.
Mike Archambault was on the phone with Vander Lee, his longtime friend, seconds before Clifford allegedly assaulted him. Archambault watched the surveillance footage and told FOX 9 it shows Clifford knocking his friend unconscious with "a Superman punch."
|Vander Lee suffered a serious brain injury after his head hit the concrete.|
"Brian went back, feet up in the air, and [Clifford] landed on top of him and his head bounced off the concrete," Archambault said.
Clifford remains in jail this morning awaiting first- and third-degree assault charges. According to an online biography, he's a veteran of the US Army who served in Kosovo and Iraq.
Vander Lee, meanwhile, continues to fight for his life, though doctors are optimistic he'll pull through, citing his strong vital signs. He has a wife and four young daughters.
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