YCSO detention officer arrested for assault with deadly weapon

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David Ashton was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon By Jennifer Thomas David Ashton was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon By Jennifer Thomas

PRESCOTT -- Prescott police officers arrested a detention officer with the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office for assault with a deadly weapon after he reportedly was involved in several confrontations at city bars early Sunday morning.

Prescott police officers learned that David Ashton, 43, had a confrontation with patrons inside Matt’s Saloon where he brandished a knife and was escorted out of the bar.

Dwight D'Evelyn, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office, said police officers were also contacted by an 18-year-old male who had been assaulted by Ashton after the incident at Matt’s Saloon.

The victim and several witnesses had seen Ashton leave the Bird Cage Saloon and shove his way through the crowd outside. According to D'Evelyn, when the victim approached Ashton about his behavior and confrontation with a man standing nearby, Ashton turned and pointed a handgun at the victim’s forehead. He also struck the side of the victim’s head with the firearm.

D'Evelyn said that after the assault, Ashton began waiving the gun in the crowd and pointed it at two Montezuma's Bar employees. Ashton left the area while police were being notified.

Officers arrested Ashton in the city parking garage at approximately 1:35 a.m. Sunday. Police officers also recovered a handgun.

Ashton was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center. He is charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, one count of recklessly handling a weapon and one count of carrying a deadly weapon in a public establishment. He remains in custody on a $150,000 bond.

YCSO has placed Ashton on unpaid administrative leave pending an internal investigation.