Published: Sep 23, 2010 7:54 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 23, 2010 4:55 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The scuffle between an Orlando police officer and an elderly man is under review.

Authorities say Officer Travis Lamont used an approved takedown technique on 84-year-old Daniel Daley. Still, the department is looking into whether the method was appropriate considering the man's age.

Authorities said Daley was drunk when he got into an argument with a tow-truck driver at a convenience store last Saturday. When police arrived, Daley allegedly grabbed Lamont in an attempt to punch him. The officer had to force Daley to the ground.

Daley suffered a broken neck. He's in a medically induced coma to prevent further injury, but he is not paralyzed.

If Lamont's superiors find that his actions were inappropriate, the case will be investigated by the department's internal-affairs division.