Police Break Up Terrace Sports Crowd with Pepper Balls
The sports complex was hosting a party for teens that got out of hand.
A dance party for teens at Terrace Sports got out of hand Sunday night when fights broke out in the parking lot and police used pepper balls to disburse the crowd.
Temple Terrace Police received a call from Terrace Sports about a disturbance in the parking lot around 10:20 p.m., according to Michael Dunn, public information officer for the city of Temple Terrace.
When officers arrived, they saw about 150 people in the parking lot with and lots of people fighting, Dunn said. About 450 people were inside the building, and the manager asked police to help shut the event down.
“Police began breaking up the fights and directing people to leave,” Dunn wrote in an email. “Because of the number of people involved, police called for backup from Tampa Police Department.”
When Tampa officers arrived, they shot pepper balls (pellets with a pepper spray type substance inside) onto the ground to make the crowd disburse, Dunn said. Some people went across the street to Walgreens and CVS, others went to the Publix/K-Mart parking lot.
“About that time, police heard gunshots in the vicinity of 50th Street and Busch Boulevard,” Dunn wrote. “That’s in Tampa, so TPD went to that area to check it out. TTPD was not involved in any incidents involving gunfire.”
Temple Terrace police made no arrests and no injuries were reported, according to Dunn.
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