Officers disperse crowd of hundreds at nightspot

Patti Dozier, Thomasville Times-Enterprise, Ga.
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May 3—THOMASVILLE — Two law enforcement agencies responded after gunfire was reported inside a nightspot late Saturday night. Occupants of the building ran outside.

"It started getting a little rowdy," said Sgt. Scott Newberry, Thomasville Police Department Criminal Investigations Division assist commander.

As police responded to fights in the parking lot, more arguments and fights began.

Newberry said more than 200 people were in the parking lot and street at the American Legion, 312 Hopkins St.

He said more people arrived as word spread about the melee.

The Thomas County Sheriff's Office also responded to the crowd. Officers were at the scene for two hours.

Pepper ball guns were used to disperse the crowd.

"It's another option for us to use to keep people back or move people," Newberry said.

When a cloud of pepper dust is released, people leave the area, he said.

The incident is under investigation and arrests are possible.

The owner of the club locked the building and left while officers were attempting to clear the property, a TPD incident report states.