APD officer pleads guilty to role in concert incident

Altoona police officer Matthew Plummer pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in Washington County Court Friday for punching a man after a Kid Rock and ZZ Top concert at the First Niagara Pavilion in September.

He was fined $1,000.

Plummer, who has been on desk duty since the incident, will face disciplinary action at work, according to Police Chief Janice Freehling.

Plummer was on a bus with other Altoona-area officers and 911 dispatchers when a bottle hit the bus, authorities have said.

Plummer looked out and saw concertgoer Thomas Andrews mooning the bus, according to an online story Friday by the Washington County Observer-Reporter.

Plummer went out and confronted Andrews, asking him why he threw the bottle, police have said.

Andrews denied throwing the bottle and threw a punch at Plummer, whose return punch to the face knocked Andrews to the ground, causing injuries that led to a hospital stay, according to authorities.

Freehling and City Manager Omar Strohm will review an internal investigation report on the incident “to see what an appropriate discipline might be,” Freehling said.

The resolution of the case Friday will put a cap on the internal investigation, she said.

She declined to say what form the discipline is likely to take.

Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 949-7038.