A police officer assigned to the 112th Precinct underwent major surgery after he was allegedly beaten with a tire iron during an off-duty dispute near the Queensborough Bridge on Aug. 29.
According to published reports, Damian Bartels, 28, was bludgeoned by three men after a traffic dispute while traveling over the bridge.
Initial reports claimed that the officer was unarmed during the alleged assault, and was attacked after confronting the men for cutting him off while returning to Queens.
Those familiar with Bartels’ family relayed reports of a 12-hour surgery to repair facial damage sustained during the attack.
They described multiple visits by Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell, where Bartels’ surgery took place last Friday.
A moment of prayer was observed for the officer at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Maspeth last weekend, according to attendees.
A police investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information can call Crimestoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. You can also text tips to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577.