Biker clubs claim self-defense in deadly Denver brawl

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Two biker clubs that clashed over the weekend during a motorcycle show in Denver say their members acted in self-defense during the brawl that left one person dead and seven others shot, stabbed or beaten.

Stephen Stubbs, an attorney for the Mongols motorcycle club, said Thursday that one of its members was killed when he tried to disarm a member of the Iron Order who was pointing a gun at a crowd.

Stubbs says 46-year-old Victor Mendoza charged toward the man and was shot.

Stubbs had no comment about the seven others hurt during the Saturday melee at the Colorado Motorcycle Expo, where biker clubs from around the country gathered.

John Whitfield, Iron Order's attorney, says a Colorado Department of Corrections officer who belongs to the club opened fire during the brawl in self-defense.

Denver police are still interviewing witnesses and have made no arrests.