This weekend, NBC Montana learned that the Missoula County Sheriff's Office responded to a scuffle at the Missoula Celtic Festival on Friday that involved an off-duty Missoula police officer.
An Alaska man, Matthew Holman, shared with NBC Montana a cell phone video, shot by his friend, which captured the altercation.
He said before the video starts, a man was dancing about three feet away from the off-duty officer's group, with a toddler present. The man's enthusiastic dancing, he said, was kicking up dirt.
"I can see the dirt is kind of flying a little bit in her direction and I was thinking man, he's getting a little close, but, you know, it's not going to hurt anybody," said Holman.
It's then, Holman says, that the officer approached the dancing man and told him to go somewhere else. The other man, he says, shouted back at him to leave him alone.
"He just stood there a couple feet away between his child and the man dancing, just staring at him, still kind of heated and the man was dancing some more and that's kind of where the video picked up, is the guy started dancing again and he was even more vigorous and enthusiastic and at one point kind of bumped his back into the other guy's front, and at that point, he just tackled him and went into the tree with him," said Holman.
Holman says after that, deputies arrived.
"I don't know who to help. I knew the one guy was the aggressor but do I want to jump in and get hurt?," said Holman.
Holman said deputies told him the man identified himself as an off-duty police officer, which we later confirmed with the Missoula County Sheriff's Office. Holman said he supports law enforcement and the difficult job they do, but said he wants Missoula residents to know what happened.
"This guy needs to be held accountable," said Holman.
The Sheriff's office said both men were treated for minor injuries. The dancing man, reportedly, was bleeding and had injuries on his face and arm, and the off-duty police officer reportedly had a bite mark, according to the sheriff's office.
No arrests were made, and we're told the dancing man declined to file charges or cooperate with sheriff's investigators.
We made multiple calls to the Missoula Police Department on Saturday and Sunday, with questions about what happened, and about the off-duty officer involved. The only response we received was an email Sunday from Police Chief Mike Brady, who told us he was aware of the incident and expects to learn more on Monday. We'll let you know what happens.