PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) – Pawtucket police broke up a large fight Monday night following the fireworks display at McCoy Stadium.
Police were called to the area of Jenks Junior High School just after 9:30 p.m. for several reports of groups fighting.
Police said up to 100 people were gathered at a skate park attached to the school — and when officers showed up to break up the groups, they were pelted with bottles and rocks.
“They were yelling profanities at police officers when officers asked them to move along and disperse — openly defiant,” said Sgt. Paul Brandley of the Pawtucket Police Dept.
According to Sgt. Brandley, one person was pepper-sprayed during the incident. One officer was hit in the chest with a rock, but was not seriously injured, and a police car was also damaged.
Police said bystanders helped officers track down one teenager who they say hit the cop in the chest. According to police, officers eventually got the scene under control and there were no injuries — which Brandley said is lucky.
“A projectile like that has a great deal of mass — striking anyone can do some damage.”
Police arrested two juvenile males and a juvenile female. One 17-year-old male was charged with assaulting a police officer and a 15-yera-old male was charged for damaging the cruiser.
A 15-year-old female was charged with disorderly conduct.
Officials said they are monitoring social media sites for any videos or pictures of the brawl — but so far nothing has surfaced.
Annie Shalvey contributed to this report.