Off-duty police officer charged with assault in shooting of man at Newburgh bar

Police say at least one person was shot in the parking lot of the Golden Rail Ale House in Newburgh Friday night.

News 12 Staff

Oct 18, 2020, 1:30 AM

Updated 1,310 days ago

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An off-duty Tuxedo Park police officer has been charged with assault in connection to the shooting of a man at a Newburgh bar Friday night.
Police say 40-year-old Michael Taback, of Newburgh, fired a single shot and hit a man in the leg in the parking lot of the Golden Rail Ale House off of Old North Plank Road.
They say an argument between the two men and a woman took a dangerous turn earlier that evening.
Police say Taback struck the 36-year-old man several times in the head with a pistol before shooting him and driving off.
The Golden Rail Ale House owner released a statement saying, "I resent anyone settling their differences on my property. It's just a really horrible time for this to take place because we're just trying to get back on our feet, and this is just unfortunate. I hope the victim makes a speedy and complete recovery."
News 12 reached out to Tuxedo Park Police for a comment on the officer's arrest and said in a statement,
"Michael Taback is employed by the Tuxedo Park Police Department, however, he has not worked since August 2019; he has been out on Workers Compensation due to an on the job injury."
According to a GoFundMe page that was set up in March, Taback was injured after being hit and dragged by a drunk driver. The page also says that he has worked in the U.S. Navy and for the TSA before becoming a police officer. The page raised more than $9,600 for that accident back in 2019


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