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Bryan PD: 3 officers injured while responding to illegal firework activity, 10 people arrested

Posted at 6:40 PM, Jul 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-06 19:29:45-04

BRYAN, TX — The Bryan Police Department says several officers were injured this holiday weekend while responding to incidents.

On July 4, Bryan PD responded to multiple calls regarding community safety concerns near East Martin Luther King Street.

According to a press release, local residents submitted several complaints about illegal firework activity, including people:

  • shooting fireworks at vehicles driving by
  • shooting fireworks at other people
  • lighting fireworks in the middle of the road

Authorities say the continuous fireworks caused minimal visibility in the area due to the extreme smoke.

According to Bryan PD, as their officers arrived at various calls, they were met with people shooting fireworks at them and their patrol cars.

"It was apparent that this was a dangerous situation for all citizens in the area," Bryan PD noted in a press release.

Bryan Police said around 8:47 P.M., their officers were dispatched to the 800 block of Denise Drive due to “more than 60 people shooting fireworks at each other” and someone standing in the middle of the roadway shooting fireworks at vehicles driving by.

Bryan PD said these calls lasted well past midnight, resulting in more than 15 officers responding to the area.

According to Bryan PD, one officer sustained minor burns to their face from fireworks, one officer had someone spit in their face, and one officer sustained multiple lacerations when a subject attempted to fight them during an arrest.

The following 10 people have been arrested:

  • 35-year-old Robert Lockett of Galinda Park, Texas, was arrested for multiple warrants and possession of fireworks.
  • 43-year-old Darrius Ellison of Bryan, Texas, was arrested for a warrant and possession of fireworks.
  • 18-year-old Jamarcus Howard of Huntsville, Texas, was arrested for possession of fireworks.
  • 22-year-old Sedria Fielder of Bryan, Texas, was arrested for assault of a public servant and possession of fireworks.
  • 18-year-old Jasteven Craft of Bryan, Texas, was arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of fireworks.
  • 57-year-old Bobby Johnson of Bryan, Texas, was arrested for interference with public duties.
  • 34-year-old Tonishia Nelson of Bryan, Texas, was arrested for assault of a public servant, resisting arrest, and interference with public duties.
  • 19-year-old Crystal Stringfellow of Somerville, Texas, was arrested for interference with public duties.
  • 18-year-old Emond Taylor of Bryan, Texas, was arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of fireworks.

A juvenile, of Bryan, Texas was also arrested for harassment of a public servant, obstruction or retaliation, resisting arrest, and resisting transport.

Bryan Police Department Administration is currently in the process of reviewing body camera footage of these incidents.

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