Altercation Leaves Man, Two Off-Duty Cops Injured

Altercation Leaves Man, Two Off-Duty Cops Injured

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    Altercation Leaves Man, Two Off-Duty Cops Injured

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    Altercation Leaves Man, Two Off-Duty Cops Injured

    Last Edited: Sunday, 09 Nov 2008, 11:54 AM CST
    Created: Sunday, 09 Nov 2008, 8:37 AM CST

    (KTVI - myFOXstl.com) --

    An altercation outside a Pontoon Beach, IL sports bar leaves three people wounded, two of them St. Louis city police officers.

    Around 1:00am, a shooting occurred in the parking lot of Mack And Mick’s Place bar on Nameoki Rd. An off-duty St. Louis Metropolitan Police officer shot a 25 year old Granite City man after the man hit him over the head with what’s being described as a lead pipe or metal bar. The police officer’s attorney says his client would have been dead had he not fired his weapon.

    A short time later, a Pontoon Beach police officer responding to the reported shooting, arrived on scene and, for an undisclosed reason, shot a different St. Louis city officer. The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department released a statement saying that this officer is 23 years old and has been with the department for three months. He was shot once in the head and once in the shoulder.

    According to Illinois State Police, both shooting victims were transported to a local hospital and then airlifted to a St. Louis hospital with critical injuries. The first police officer suffered severe blunt force trauma to the head and is being examined at an Illinois hospital.

    The investigation into this incident is ongoing and FOX 2 will update you as more details become available.


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    I get the feeling the young 23 year old may be out of a job. Now we know why they only gave Barney one bullet.
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    Just one more reason to stay out of Illinois, even when you are able to carry! Having traveled through the state many times over the years. I can truthfully say, the only good thing I've seen in IL is the "Leaving the State" sign in my rear view mirror!
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    First mistake...in any state...being in the parking lot outside a sports bar at 1 A.M.

    Second mistake, being in IL...

    The rest is history.

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    Wait a minute! How could this happen. Doesn't IL have not have cc laws? It must be a mistake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spooter66 View Post
    I get the feeling the young 23 year old may be out of a job. Now we know why they only gave Barney one bullet.
    A bit quick to condemn...waiting for the rest of the story. Does sound like alchohol was involved though...wonder if they were arguing over ALA vs LSU?

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    Quote Originally Posted by spooter66 View Post
    I get the feeling the young 23 year old may be out of a job. Now we know why they only gave Barney one bullet.
    The 23 yr. old is the one who was shot in the shoulder and head.

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    Update with more details: STLtoday - St. Louis fires police officer involved in Illinois shooting

    St. Louis fires police officer involved in Illinois shooting

    Bryan PourST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    11/11/2008

    UPDATED, 11:25 a.m.
    11/11/2008

    ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department said this morning it has fired one of the St. Louis city police officers involved in Sunday's shootings outside a Pontoon Beach tavern. Bryan Pour, a probationary police officer, was fired for his involvement in the case, said department spokeswoman Erica Van Ross.

    Pour was fired Monday, but the department didn't disclose that fact until Tuesday.

    Another probationary police officer remained in critical condition this morning from wounds suffered in the incident. A lawyer for Pour identified that officer as Christopher Hantak.

    The department has placed three other officers on administrative leave while the Illinois State Police and the city police department's internal affairs unit investigate further.

    Pour, who shot and critically wounded a man outside a Pontoon Beach bar, was released from custody without criminal charges Monday. Pour, 28, was a rookie assigned to the 4th District, according to Albert S. Watkins, a lawyer for the St. Louis Police Officers Association.



    OUR EARLIER STORY
    City officer in Illinois shooting released pending investigation
    By Jeremy Kohler
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    PONTOON BEACH — An off-duty St. Louis police officer who shot and critically wounded a man outside a Pontoon Beach bar was released from custody without criminal charges Monday while Illinois State Police investigate further.

    The officer is Bryan Pour, 28, a rookie assigned to the 4th District, according to Albert S. Watkins, a lawyer for the St. Louis Police Officers Association.

    Watkins said Pour was defending himself against two men who were beating him, and that a shot he fired mistakenly wounded a man who had come to his aid.

    The lawyer had no information on how a second city officer, whom he identified as Christopher Hantak, came to be shot by Pontoon Beach police called to the disturbance.

    Authorities did little to clear up a murky public understanding of the disturbance early Sunday morning at Mac N Mick's Sports Bar & Grill, 5240 Nameoki Road, which involved at least several area police officers.

    What was revealed officially:

    — About 1 a.m., a St. Louis officer shot a 25-year-old man in the parking lot, critically wounding him.

    — A Pontoon Beach police officer responded, and shot and critically wounded the second St. Louis officer.

    For the second day, police department officials did not release the identities of the people involved. Watkins said he did not know the name of the man Pour wounded. Employees and patrons of the bar declined to speak with a reporter.

    Watkins said Pour graduated tops in his St. Louis Police Academy class in July. A police spokeswoman did not respond to a request to confirm the claim.

    St. Louis police have identified the wounded officer only as 23, with three months on the department.

    Watkins said Pour and Hantak and two other city officers were celebrating the birthday and wedding engagement of a fifth city officer. The site was chosen because the officer has friends and family in the area.

    Watkins said Monday that before the shooting, some of the officers may have been involved in an argument with other tavern patrons.

    He said Pour told him he went to the parking lot about 1 a.m. and was hit in the forehead with a pipe. He briefly came to and found himself being beaten by two men. During the assault, Pour pulled his department-issued 9mm handgun from the back of his waistband and fired. How many shots was not known.

    Pour missed his attackers but struck someone who was trying to help him by pulling off the attackers, Watkins said he was told by police.

    Watkins said he was not told what led to the shooting of Hantak by a Pontoon Beach officer. Pontoon Beach police deferred inquiries to State Police.

    A news release from Illinois State Police on Monday said Madison County State's Attorney William Mudge's office would, at a later date, present information about the incident to a grand jury in Madison County. Police did not take questions.

    Said Watkins, "They're going to be very deliberate in evaluating this, and not rush to judgment."
    It is rare around here for an officer to be fired one day after a shooting. This is conjecture, but based on his quick firing, and the media spin his lawyer has already started, it doesn't look good for the fired officer. The news reported witnesses who dispute his side, although I guess that is probably common in many situations.

    Not judging the officer, just making some observations.

    I agree with those who stated it would have been better to 1) not be in Illinois, 2) not be at a bar, and 3) not be at a bar with a gun. This situation was avoidable. Now several lives are either possibly cut short or impacted forever.

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    The writing skills of the reporters in that town across a number of newspaper is, pun intended, poor.

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    Update:

    STLtoday - Former St. Louis cop charged in off-duty shooting at Pontoon Beach bar

    Former St. Louis cop charged in off-duty shooting at Pontoon Beach bar
    By Terry Hillig
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    12/05/2008

    UPDATED 12:20 P.M.

    EDWARDSVILLE -- A Madison County grand jury has indicted Bryan Pour, a former St. Louis police officer, in connection with a shooting at a sports bar in Pontoon Beach on Nov. 9.

    The same grand jury cleared of wrongdoing a Pontoon Beach police officer who, responding to the first shooting, shot off-duty St. Louis police officer Christopher Hantak. EARLIER STORY: St. Louis fires police officer involved in Illinois shooting
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    Pour, 26, was charged with aggravated battery with a firearm in the shooting of Jeffrey Bladdick, 25, of Granite City outside Mac N Mick's Sports Bar & Grill. Aggravated battery with a firearm is a Class X felony punishable by a prison term of six to 30 years.

    Pour, a rookie officer in the city's 4th District who had graduated at the top of his Police Adacemy class in July, was fired shortly after the incident. He was released from the Madison County Jail this afternoon, where he had been held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

    Authorities said Pour, Christopher Hantak, and two other off-duty St. Louis police officers were at the bar celebrating the birthday and engagement of one of the men.

    A written statement released Friday by the Madison County State's Attorney's Office said Pontoon Beach police were called to the bar at 5240 Nameoki Road shortly after 1 a.m. regarding a fight outside. When they arrived, they found Bladdick already had been wounded by a gunshot to the chest.

    "Attempting to secure the scene, officers observed armed individuals and ordered them to drop their weapons," the statement continues. "One person, Christopher Hantak, 23, an off-duty St. Louis police officer who was not in uniform and was reportedly intoxicated, did not comply and was shot by Pontoon Beach Police Officer Aaron Morgan when he pointed his weapon in the direction of Morgan. The grand jury found that Officer Morgan's actions were justified."

    Witnesses told authorities Pour was intoxicated and armed and was involved in a dispute outside the bar when Bladdick "tried to alleviate the situation," the statement said. Pour then allegedly shot Bladdick in the chest with his department-issued Beretta pistol, it said.

    Pour's attorney, Albert Watkins, said after the shootings that Pour was walking across the parking lot when he was attacked by two assailants and struck on the head with a metal bar and knocked to the ground. As the assailants continued to beat him, Pour reached for his gun in his rear waistband and fired it, mistakenly hitting Bladdick, who was trying to help him.

    Prosecutors said Friday that Pour had no visible injuries when he was arrested at the scene but suffered a self-inflicted head wound after being placed in a police vehicle.

    "This was a difficult case to sort out due to the chaotic nature of the incident," said State's Attorney William Mudge. He said "alcohol and weapons do not mix and incidents like this will not be tolerated regardless of the fact that police officers were involved. I urge the St. Louis City Police Department to adopt stricter policies regarding the possession and use of department-issued weapons while its officers are off-duty."
    According to witnesses, the officer was intoxicated and got involved in a dispute. When Bladdick tried to alleviate the situation, the officer shot him.

    Then the officer intentionally injures himself in the patrol car? I'm glad this guy got taken off the streets. Graduating first in your class means nothing when you become intoxicated, shoot someone, and then try to falsify evidence.

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