1 arrested, at least 1 hospitalized and 1 officer injured in brawl at Arizona Coyotes game
One person has been arrested and two more were injured following a six-person brawl at an Arizona Coyotes game Friday evening, police said.
According to Arizona State University police, Nashaknik Allen Shontz was charged on suspicion of aggravated assault after they reportedly bit the tip of another person's index finger during the fight. The injured person was identified as Steven Rocha. Rocha was transported to a hospital for treatment, police said.
ASU police confirmed that a Phoenix police officer who also responded to the scene was injured during the scuffle, although they were unable to comment on the severity of that injury. That officer remains unidentified.
Police said that the other five people involved in the brawl were cited for disorderly conduct and then released.
Insane crowd fight at the Coyotes-Bruins game last night. Excellent work from the cop in the foreground! pic.twitter.com/BQhFXtHG9g
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) December 10, 2022
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According to ASU police, it is unclear what started the altercation which began in the stands of Mullett Arena at around 9:30 p.m. However sports journalist Pete Blackburn with Bally Sports was able to capture video footage of the brawl, which he shared via Twitter.
In the 50-second video, six people at the hockey game can be seen punching and hitting each other before police arrive. Several police officers arrive shortly afterward, and one of them tries to pull someone out of the brawl before they fall over the stands.
Toward the end of the video, those in the fight were eventually separated by the officers. The video has been viewed more than 2.5 million times as of Saturday evening.
The Coyotes ended up defeating the Boston Bruins 4-3.
This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Arizona Coyotes brawl in stands leads to finger bite, arrest