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2/25/2013 10:06:00 AM
YCSO's Suttle put on paid administrative leave
Former PANT director was key figure in Whiskey Row fight
An undated photo shows Iron Brotherhood Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club Whiskey Row Chapter members.
Courtesy photo
An undated photo shows Iron Brotherhood Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club Whiskey Row Chapter members.
Courtesy photo

Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher placed Sgt. Bill Suttle on paid administrative leave Thursday in connection with the Dec. 22 bar fight in which Iron Brotherhood members fought with a bar patron and employees at Moctezuma's Bar in Prescott.

"The sheriff placed Suttle on administrative leave after follow-up investigation by the sheriff's office, receiving the unredacted Prescott Police report, and in consultation with DPS," Dwight D'Evelyn, spokesman for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, said Monday morning.

D'Evelyn said the sheriff is still waiting for DPS final report.

"Sheriff Mascher has asked the Coconino County Sheriff's Office to begin their investigation at the sheriff's request as we wait for more details from DPS," D'Evelyn said.

Suttle, who commanded the Partners Against Narcotics Task Force, has been taken off that duty and Prescott Valley Police Sgt. James Gregory is now in charge of PANT, D'Evelyn said.

Suttle told investigating Prescott Police officers a "kid" - Justin Stafford - went up to Prescott Valley Police Chief Bill Fessler, grabbed Fessler's vest, and "talked trash," so Iron Brotherhood members grabbed Stafford, pulled him away and got into a fight, according to the unredacted police report.

Suttle, vice president of the Iron Brotherhood, said he broke up the fight, and immediately sent "Top Gun," the member who allegedly hit Stafford, to the hotel at which the club members were staying. He told officers he couldn't remember "Top Gun's" name.

Suttle told officers that Prescott Police Deputy Chief Andy Reinhardt was there during the fight, "but I want him left out of this," the report states.

"We knew you guys were going to show up," Suttle told the officer. "They told me you were coming, so I told Andy to go home."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Article comment by: Disappointed Wilson

Looking at the evidence maybe a few more need to be placed on unpaid leave and required to see a psychiatry doctor for deep seated problems. Glad to see the Sheriff took some action. Would be nice if Prescott Valley town officials had the guts to make the same call on their folks participating in a crime. However, after seeing the video, who is a person to believe, our lying eyes of the video or the words written into the report. This is very disappointing and no one I have heard from here in town about this thinks it doesn’t leave a black eye on the real conscientious cops out to do their job of protecting the community from harm.

Posted: Monday, February 25, 2013
Article comment by: markus anderson

More tats in that room than a Hell's Angels clubhouse.

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