Local

Andover Bar Assault Victim Improving Slowly At Hospital

View Comments

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up
Today's Most Popular Video
  1. Here's How To Keep Your Family Healthy This Flu Season
  2. 4 Things To Know For Oct. 21, 2014
  3. The Lowdown: 'Breaking Bad' Dolls Enrage Parents
  4. Free Financial Advice This Weekend In St. Paul
  5. MN Family Wants Down Syndrome Diagnoses To Change

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The man assaulted allegedly by a Minneapolis Police sergeant is slowly recovering from injuries suffered in the incident less than two days after being put on life support, a friend of the victim told WCCO.

Brian Vander Lee, according to his close friend Mike Archambault, is doing better than doctors expected after his most recent surgery. Archambault told WCCO that he now recognizes his wife and is talking a little.

Archambault also said the swelling from Vander Lee’s last surgery is starting to go down.

Minneapolis Police sergeant David Clifford was charged with third-degree assault on Tuesday on connection with the incident. Clifford is accused of punching Vander Lee after taking offense to comments Vander Lee was making on his phone. When it didn’t stop, Clifford confronted him, punched him and Vander Lee hit his head on the pavement of the patio at Tanner’s Station in Andover, according to the criminal complaint.

In the complaint, Clifford said he thought Vander Lee was going to hit him, so he threw the first punch. Clifford is a nearly 20-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department. He was off duty at the time of the incident.

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,902 other followers