ST. GEORGE – Multiple calls came in to the St. George Communications Center just before 8:30 p.m. Sunday as a fight ensued between a large group of people near Waterfront Drive and 2450 East in St. George. Weapons were used in the fight and members from both parties were taken to the hospital due to injuries sustained.
“It was reported about 15 or more people were seen in the street in the area fighting by the Skim Board Park,” St. George Police Department Sgt. Sam Despain said.
By the time officers arrived on scene, most of the people involved in the fight had left the area, he said.
“From what we can find out, there were two groups of people at the Skim Board Park,” Despain said, “words were exchanged, until finally, some punches were thrown – tempers got out of hand and it led to them physically assaulting each other.”
Witnesses reported seeing people involved in the fight with bats and other unspecified weapons.
“There were some weapons used,” Despain said. “There was like a tire iron, but it’s more of a tool used on a jack to jack-up a car – kind of like a tire iron.”
There were some minor injuries and a couple people went to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George as a precaution to get checked out, he said, but nothing serious or life-threatening.
Police upped security at the hospital during this time due to members from both sides of the fight being at the hospital simultaneously.
“The reason that we went – because they had been fighting – we didn’t want them to go down to the hospital, see each, and continue to fight,” Despain said, “so we just put another officer there to make sure that the fight and argument didn’t continue.”
There was no further incident that took place at the hospital.
“We’re interviewing people, we’re gathering names, we’ve got some suspects,” Despain said. “Right now, no arrests have been made, however, we’re still doing some follow-up in regards to some people that were involved with that fight.”
The incident is still under investigation.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by the authorities and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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