SLO firefighter put on desk duty during investigation of restroom fight

June 9, 2011 

UPDATE 11:27 a.m. The San Luis Obispo firefighter charged with felony assault after a fight in a local bar on Saturday night has been put on desk duty starting today pending an administrative investigation into the incident.

John Ryan Mason, 34, was arrested Thursday after an investigation of a fight in the restroom at Pappy McGregor's on Monterey Street in San Luis Obispo.

City attorney Christine Dietrick said the other option was to put Mason on paid administrative leave while the investigation was completed. Instead, Mason will continue to work but under close supervision of his supervisors at the fire department.

Original story: A San Luis Obispo firefighter has been arrested on suspicion of assault with great bodily injury following a fight in a local bar Saturday night.

John Ryan Mason, 34, was taken into custody Thursday following an investigation that stemmed from a fight in a restroom at Pappy McGregor’s on Monterey Street in San Luis Obispo.

According to Lt. Jeff Smith, a 911 call was made to the police department around 11:30 p.m. Saturday night to report that a man was bleeding from the mouth and nose.

Responding officers found Jory Brigham, 32, of Los Osos lying on the bathroom floor with significant facial injuries.

An investigation found that Brigham and Mason were attending a wedding party at the restaurant. According to Smith, while in the restroom, Brigham and Mason got involved in an argument. Mason allegedly struck Brigham multiple times in the face with his fist, elbow and forearm. Brigham was knocked unconscious and suffered multiple fractures to his jaw, nose and eye area.

Mason was uninjured.

Mason was booked into County Jail on suspicion of assault with great bodily injury, a felony; battery with serious bodily injury, a felony; and inflicting great bodily injury while committing a felony. Bail was set at $50,000.

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