JPD Continues Investigation of Fairgrounds Fight

JONESBORO, AR - Authorities say a report of gunshots on the last day of the Northeast Arkansas District Fair led to the arrests of at least ten people in a series of fights Saturday night that left several police officers injured.

Jonesboro police Lieutenant Mark Mosier says officers received a call at about 12:20 p.m. from the Northeast Arkansas District Fairgrounds that officers needed help.  Arriving at the scene, Patrolman Lyle Waterworth says he found officers separating two people.

Waterworth says a scuffle broke out, with a man pushing Waterworth to the ground.  Waterworth says he fired his Taser at the man, subduing him.

As Waterworth arrested the man, a woman came forward and started arguing with officers.  Patrolman John Hope says he forced the woman to the ground, but then a 14-year-old boy officers were trying to arrest jumped on his back.

Hope says the boy punched him in his right eye before being pulled off.  Police say they also used a Taser twice on the woman.

Mosier says officers never found any weapons or evidence gunshots had been fired during the melee.

Mosier says all the adults arrested are scheduled to appear Monday afternoon in Craighead County District Court for probable cause hearings.  Mosier says cases against several juveniles involved in the fight would be reviewed.

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