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Published June 18, 2012, 01:04 PM

Man allegedly hit by Minneapolis officer is badly hurt

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A police sergeant is jailed after allegedly punching another man in an Andover bar and seriously injuring him.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A police sergeant is jailed after allegedly punching another man in an Andover bar and seriously injuring him.

Anoka County Sheriff's Cmdr. Paul Sommer says video surveillance shows Minneapolis Sgt. David Clifford walking over to the table of 34-year-old Brian Keith Vanderlee and verbally confronting him Saturday night. He then allegedly punched him once in the head and Vanderlee fell backward and may have hit his head on concrete.

He is hospitalized and has undergone two brain surgeries. Vanderlee's family has requested no information about his condition be released. Sommer says he's on life support.

Clifford, the executive officer of the Minneapolis Police SWAT Unit, allegedly fled on foot but turned himself in Sunday.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports Clifford has been placed on paid temporary home assignment.

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