Video shows Prescott bar brawl; Yavapai County sheriff's sergeant on leave

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on February 27, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 1 at 10:42 AM

PRESCOTT, Ariz. -- A high-ranking officer in Yavapai County is on paid administrative leave in connection with a biker brawl at a Prescott bar.
   
Sgt. Bill Suttle is a 20-year veteran of the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office who commands a drug-trafficking task force.

Video taken from security cameras at Moctezuma's Bar on Whiskey Row shows a brawl break out on Dec. 22.

The fight involved members of a group called the Iron Brotherhood, a motorcycle club for law enforcement officers. Suttle is the club's vice president.

Suttle told authorities that one of the members punched Justin Stafford after Stafford went up to Prescott Valley Police Chief Bill Fessler, grabbed his vest and started talking trash.

According to police reports, Suttle said he broke up the fight and immediately sent the officer who allegedly hit Stafford to the hotel where they were staying. Fessler and Suttle both said they didn't know the officer's name.

Questions remain about the motorcycle club shielding its members after the brawl when on-duty police officers arrived.

Coconino County is conducting an administrative review of Suttle's involvement.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety is investigating the fight.
 

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