Lawsuit follows Columbia bar fight

A St. Louis man has filed a five-count lawsuit against a Hillsboro, Mo., man and Top Shooters Sports Bar, 531 Old Route 3, Columbia, for injuries sustained during a June 9, 2023, incident at the business.

In the filing, the attorney for Daniel J. Blake alleges Top Shooters over-served alcoholic beverages to Travis L. Muskopf, 40, resulting in Muskopf attacking Blake by punching him repeatedly in the head and shoulder area.

Muskopf was originally charged in Monroe County Circuit Court with aggravated battery (public place) for his role in the incident, but later pled guilty to reckless conduct causing great bodily harm. 

The lawsuit alleges Top Shooters is further liable for Blake’s physical injuries by being negligent in providing adequate security and failing to remove an intoxicated Muskopf from the premises.

The filing also alleges Top Shooters is “vicariously liable” in that the agents and/or employees “carelessly and negligently permitted of the videos and/or pictures from June 9, 2023, to become lost, misplaced, damaged or destroyed… (depriving the plaintiff) of evidence which is relevant and material to prove the allegations contained” in the rest of the suit.   

The filing also seeks damages from Muskopf for causing alleged physical and mental anguish from the incident. 

Blake is seeking damages in excess of $50,000 on each count for medical costs, injuries and loss of work.

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