Deputy injured in melee near Stateline |

Deputy injured in melee near Stateline

Adam Jensen

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Several people were arrested and a Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy was injured following a large disturbance near the stateline following Wednesday’s fireworks display.

The incident started about 11:05 p.m. after deputies monitoring a large group of young adults and teenagers gathered on the sidewalk near Stateline Avenue received a report of a fight in the crowd, according to a Thursday statement from the sheriff’s office. A man was reportedly knocked down in the fight and not breathing, according to the statement.

“The deputies responded to assist the reported victim male,” according to the statement. “While the deputies were on-scene trying to provide aid to the male who was down, an unknown adult male from the crowd started yelling at and pushing one of the deputies. Several people in the crowd then began to yell and shout their approval. The crowd quickly surrounded the deputies, with several other persons pushing and yelling at the deputies.”

Deputies were able to detain two of those involved, but were surrounded by a crowd of between 100 and 150 people, according to the statement.

Additional deputies and South Lake Tahoe police officers responded to assist. Several people were arrested for pushing or hitting law enforcement officers during the melee.

“The crowd eventually devolved when deputies and officers ordered them to disperse,” according to the statement. “Several persons from the crowd were arrested or cited by SLTPD for criminal violations, including Battery on a Peace Officer.”

A Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy sustained a knee injury during the incident, according to the statement. The man who was reportedly not breathing turned out to be uninjured, said Sgt. Jim Halsey in an email.

Fourth of July crowds in Stateline, Round Hill and Zephyr Cove were larger than in past years, but were relatively well-behaved with the exception of a few altercations at area beaches and the casino area, according to the statement.

Throughout Wednesday, deputies arrested 21 people on charges including battery, trespassing, larceny, destruction of property, disorderly conduct, obstructing a peace officer and minor consuming alcohol.

On the California side of the stateline, South Lake Tahoe police received 201 calls for service and made 22 arrests between 12 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. July 5, according to a statement from the city. Many of the calls or service were for people involved in fights, according to the statement.

Police made five arrests for drunken driving, nine for public intoxication and other alcohol related offenses and two for drug-related offenses, according to the statement.

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