Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Maryland police use pepper spray at rowdy concert

Police in Cambridge, Maryland, are looking into a shooting at concert that recently forced officers to use pepper spray. Investigators responded to the disturbance, but as they were leaving the scene a large scale fight broke out and the incident quickly escalated, The Star Democrat reports.

The initial call to the police occurred around 1:30 a.m. and was put in by a security staff member at the venue, who requested that one person be removed from the premises. Things came to a head as police were leaving and about 50 people became unruly and started throwing chairs and drinks at each other, which is when officers heard about 8 to 10 gunshots ring out.

As the fight began to grow, police on scene decided to call for back up and use pepper spray to quell the violence. The spray was effective and broke up the crowd and forced most of the people in the area to leave, according to the news source.

While pepper spray is often used by police as a non-lethal method of crowd control, private citizens may want to consider buying pepper spray as well. When used correctly, the device can bolster personal safety.

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