STERLING – A Sterling police detective was back at work Monday after being charged with misdemeanor battery after a bar fight Saturday.
Sterling Police were called to Johnny’s Bar and Grill around 11 p.m. after a fight broke out between off-duty Detective Michael Henry, 29, of Sterling, and a 28-year-old Rock Falls man.
The 28-year-old, who was not charged, suffered a cut to the back of his head and was taken to CGH Medical Center, where he was treated and released, State Police Master Sgt. Dave Blough said.
The investigation is ongoing, and Blough said the cause of the fight had not been determined.
Henry was taken to Whiteside County Jail, processed and released. He was unavailable for comment Monday. He has a court appearance Sept. 20.
The case was transferred to State Police immediately, to avoid any conflict of interest, Chief Ron Potthoff said.
“Our guys got out there and saw that it involved officer Henry, so after everything was settled down, we turned it over to the State Police,” Potthoff said.
When officers are charged with a crime, depending on the incident, they may be placed on administrative leave, but at this point, the department is awaiting more details, Potthoff said.