KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT)--Knoxville police confirm an off-duty officer was seriously injured after an altercation at Bar Knoxville on the Cumberland Ave strip. KPD says that several members of the University of Tennessee football team were involved including highly touted recruit Darick Rogers and safety Darren Myles.
KPD says that a fight broke between two patrons inside the bar a little before 2 a.m. After the initial fight, several others joined in, and continued to attack the one individual.
Employees of the bar intervened and were able to push the fight outside of the bar. Once outside, the group continued to attack the individual, who has not been identified. Knoxville Police Officer Robert Capouellez then attempted to help stop the attack.
Witnesses say the officer Capouellez was hit in the head and knocked to the ground unconscious. He was transported to UT Medical center for treatment of a head wound. The officer's brother told our media partner WNOX Radio, that the officer is in I-C-U with a skull fracture. The initial victim was also taken to UT Medical Center with numerous injuries.
The suspect on the attack of the officer fled the scene after kicking the officer several times after he was down.
Six people have been identified as possible suspects, and have since been located and detained.
One suspect was turned over to the University of Tennessee Police Department, after that individual of the allegedly assaulted a UT police officer who attempted to take them into custody.
KPD has charged 19 year old Darick Rogers with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Darren Myles was arrested by the University of Tennessee police for an unknown charge.
Both witnesses and suspects are being questioned.
Myles was also charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest in April of 2010 following an incident outside of Sobu on Kingston Pike