An off-duty Oklahoma City police officer accused of beating a man at a bar faces a criminal investigation after the Veterans Day confrontation.
The reported confrontation occurred about 10:10 p.m. Sunday at Sipango Lounge, 4301 N Western Ave., according to a police incident report.
According to Jeremy Pospisil, the victim, an off-duty officer and two friends sat down at the bar next to Pospisil and asked for a light. Friendly conversation turned tense when Pospisil said he recognized the officer as a man who had an affair with his wife several months ago.
Pospisil — who said Tuesday he and his wife are in the process of getting a divorce — told the man he wanted him to admit to the affair and called it “water under the bridge.”
Pospisil said the officer denied the accusation. According to the incident report, Pospisil told him to “man up” and called him a name.
The officer punched Pospisil in the face multiple times before running out of the bar, but Pospisil did not fight back, he told police. After calling 911, he signed a citation against the man for assault and battery.
The attack left Pospisil, a member of the Oklahoma National Guard, with a fat lip and cuts to his face. He required a drain in his ear, he said.
“One of their mottos is to ‘protect and serve,'” Pospisil said. “Who are they protecting when they're beating the people they're supposed to be protecting?”
Oklahoma City police would not identify the officer involved in the confrontation, but Pospisil said he is Kris Hunter. The Oklahoman was not able to find contact information for Hunter.
Capt. Dexter Nelson said the officer is a 10-year veteran of the police force. He faces a criminal investigation and has been placed on leave. An internal investigation will determine whether department policies were violated and could result in the officer's firing, he said.
Nelson said he expects a warrant will be issued for the officer's arrest.
According to The Oklahoman archives, Hunter has shot an individual in the line of duty, has been shot in the line of duty and helped rescue two people from a burning home during his time on the force.
On July 3, 2006, Hunter was investigating a caller's report of a wanted man in the 300 block of NW 79 when Antonio Walker, then 21, approached him with a gun. Hunter shot Walker when he ignored orders to drop the weapon.
On Jan. 9, 2010, Hunter was attempting to throw spiked sticks in the path of a fleeing car when the driver shot him at NE 23 and Martin Luther King Avenue. Another officer shot and killed the driver. Hunter's left arm was wounded, and he required surgery.
Hunter and another officer rescued a couple from their burning northwest Oklahoma City apartment on Feb. 5, 2004.