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A musician opens up about the melee between biker gangs that left the singer in a coma


By Rick Sallinger

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ARVADA, Colo. (KCNC) — July 11, 2020 is a night Denver band “Nightwolf” will always remember. They were playing at Jake’s Roadhouse in Arvada when rival biker gangs got into a fight. The band members were taking a break when they heard banging noises outside.

“Our vocalist Ryan came out for a cigarette,” said Nightwolf founder and lead guitarist Jay Halpern.

“He noticed someone had been shot and fell on his motorbike and he went over there to help.”

He says the singer, Ryan McPherson, was either hit with a motorcycle helmet or shot because his skull was fractured. According to the police, he was also hit by a motorcycle.

William Kelly Henderson, a member of one of the gangs was killed during the melee. Several others were injured.

“We knew it was going to be a big deal because these guys were driving around shooting each other on a public street.”

“We were more worried about Ryan,” Halpern told CBS4.

Halpern said McPherson was in a coma for a long time afterwards, but came out of it and was playing music again, but not with the band. And a year and a half later, the band Nightwolf is still playing Jake’s.

Now, following a thorough investigation, 10 members of a notorious motorcycle club have been arrested.

Arvada Police led the investigation with assistance from federal and local law enforcement organizations across the country. The arrests took place in four states.

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