STAMFORD - A Stamford man is free on bond tonight after being accused of hitting an off-duty police officer with a snowplow.

Police say 55-year-old Joseph Gabriel was removing snow from the parking lot of Monster B's restaurant on Glenbrook Road Saturday night when Capt. Tom Lombardo ordered him to stop.  They say Gabriel got angry and swung the bucket loader, hitting Lombardo.

Gabriel claims he did not realize Lombardo was a police officer or that he was in the path of the plow.

Officials say Lombardo was not seriously hurt.