Town of Tonawanda cop under investigation for alleged fight at restaurant

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TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Police in the Town of Tonawanda say they are looking into incident where an off-duty officer allegedly got into a scuffle with someone at Mooney’s on Military Rd.

During the alleged Saturday fight, police say a 50-year-old man suffered a deep cut and a sink was broken. At least two people witnessed the alleged fight, which occurred in the restaurant’s bathroom.

Chris McCann, the owner of Mooney’s, told News 4 that both men were regular customers, and that they never caused problems.

The officer was there for less than a minute and was not served at all when the alleged fight occurred, the owner said. The other man had one beer, and neither appeared drunk, according to the McCann.

“We’re a restaurant that serves alcohol. We’re not a bar that serves food,” said McCann.

Over six years’ time, the owner said only one or two fights have broken out at Mooney’s.

The investigation itself is “pretty cut and dry,” according to police. The Erie County District Attorney’s Office is helping with the investigation.

The officer involved is on paid administrative leave, pending the results of the investigation.

Neither man was arrested and no charges have been filed at this time.

McCann tells News 4 there was surveillance footage, but because there is not a camera in the bathroom, much of the incident was not captured.

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