Off-Duty Officer Assaulted Inside Frankford Bar

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – An off-duty Philadelphia police officer suffered minor injuries after trying to break up a fight inside a Northeast Philadelphia bar early Wednesday morning.

The incident happened at about 1:30 a.m. at Pat’s Café on Castor Avenue in Frankford.

According to investigators, a fight broke out inside the bar and an unidentified off-duty police officer intervened and tried to break up the altercation.

Police say the suspects then assaulted the officer before running out of the bar.

Responding officers eventually caught up with the suspects on Foulkrod Street.

The off-duty officer suffered minor injuries and is expected to be OK.

Pat’s Café is the same bar where Officer Gary Skerski was fatally shot during a robbery in 2006.

Reported by Steve Beck, CBS Philly

  • Pete

    ME – Hello!! It’s Pat’s – wasn’t a policeman murdered by a robber there? Weren’t a couple of cops arrested for stealing money there? Used to be Graham’s. It’s the only bar for about a mile radius. Nice place for a beer.

  • Carolyn

    Reagardless what some idiots say out our law enforcement officers in blue, police officers are real people too, who enjoy a brew once in awhile, soo what!
    At least he was off duty and interviened to break it up! FOR-THOUGHT:
    How many idiots on this post have needed the assistance of a police officer, because of something stupid they had done?

  • jtc

    Technically, the bar is located in Northwood, but it’s the section of Northwood that is bordered by Frankford on the East and Roosevelt Blvd / Summerdale (which is now esentially northeren Hunting Park) on the west.

    So, the surrounding neighborhood is definitely seedy.

  • peggy

    I’m not sure where Alec is from…..but Pat’s isn’t a seedy bar. Seems like a fight broke out and an off duty cop happened to be the guy who broke it up. I don’t even really see how this makes news.

  • Jim Wilmer

    Sounds like they need an undercover cop in that bar, or a least visit that location occasinally.

  • Big Boss

    No offense, but that is a moronic comment Alec. There are hundreds of cops employed by the city of Philadelphia and all of them need to live in the city. I’m not sure if you know what a cop’s salary is, but it isn’t in the range of old city or center city, thus most live in the North East. Those “seedy” bars are neighborhood bars, which are the norm out there. If you want to socialize and have a drink, you options are limited.

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