Minneapolis Police Sgt. David Clifford Brian Vander Lee St. Paul Pioneer Press: Minneapolis police officer jailed after Andover bar fight (June 17 2012) The executive officer of the Minneapolis Police SWAT Unit was booked into Anoka County Jail on Sunday, June 17, after a fight at an Andover bar the night before, county officials said. ... Witnesses told detectives that [Sgt. David] Clifford, who was off-duty at the time, approached the man for speaking loudly on his cellphone, Schantzen said. The men talked briefly, and then Clifford apparently hit the man in the head and left the bar, Schantzen said. Clifford is a veteran of the U.S. Army who served in Kosovo and Iraq, according to an online biography. The bio says Clifford has participated in more than 350 SWAT operations. KSTP: Mpls. SWAT Officer Charged in Andover Bar Assault (June 17 2012) A Minneapolis SWAT officer is charged with third degree assault for allegedly punching a man at an Andover bar, leaving him with serious injuries. ... [Sgt. David] Clifford is accused of punching 34-year-old Brian Keith Vanderlee at Tanner's Station in Andover Saturday evening. Witnesses say the punch caused Vanderlee to fall backwards and hit his head on the ground. Clifford fled and was picked up in a vehicle by a woman, later identified as his wife. CBS Local Minnesota: Minneapolis Police Sgt. In Jail For Assault (June 17 2012) A sergeant with the Minneapolis Police Department is in jail Sunday night accused of assault, according to authorities. ... [Sgt. David] Clifford is accused of punching a man outside an Andover bar on Saturday. That man was identified by a witness as Brian Vanderlee, and the witness told WCCO-TV that Vanderlee is in the hospital on life support. After getting punched only one time, the witness said Vanderlee hit the pavement and cracked his skull. My Fox Twin Cities: Minneapolis police officer punches man unconscious on bar patio in Andover (June 17 2012) A father of four from Ramsey, Minn. is not spending this Father's Day as anyone would like. Brian Vander Lee is fighting for his life at Mercy Hospital. ... Archambault says Vander Lee was on the patio at Tanners in Andover around 7 p.m. Saturday night. Vander Lee was talking loud on his cell phone when a stranger at another table asked him to be quiet. Minutes later, Archambault spoke to Vander Lee as he was pulling into the parking lot, but the cell phone went dead. "He did a Superman punch," Archambault said. "Brian went back, feet up in the air, and the guy landed on top of him and his head bounced off the concrete." Archambault saw the man run off the patio as Vander Lee laid there unconscious. Vander Lee was rushed to the nearest hospital where he underwent emergency surgery for bleeding on his brain. With at least ten witnesses on the patio including Vander Lee's wife, investigators quickly learned the suspect was possibly a Minneapolis police officer. They alerted the Minneapolis Police Department and went to the suspect's house, but did not find him. At approximately 1:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon, Commander Paul Sommer says Sgt. David Clifford turned himself in to the Anoka County Jail with his lawyer by his side. Clifford made a statement to police and was booked into the jail awaiting charges for first and third-degree assault.