LANCASTER – Up to 25 people from two different families got into a street brawl late Saturday night near downtown Lancaster. More than a dozen deputies and a sheriff’s helicopter responded to the ruckus, and at least one female was arrested, authorities said.
The incident happened around 9 p.m., Saturday, near Milling Street and Genoa Avenue, authorities said.
“It was a large group of people fighting in front of the location,” said Lancaster Station spokesman Michael Rust.
Witnesses said when deputies arrived, one of the families turned against the deputies, forcing the deputies to brandish pepper guns in an attempt to restore peace.
The deputies did not end up using the weapons, however.
Deputies also blocked off the neighborhood from Milling Street to Lancaster Boulevard to try to contain the situation, witnesses said.
One lady was arrested after she ripped off her shirt, yelled at deputies, and opened the patrol car door where her family member was being detained.
Another female, who was badly beaten, was transported to the hospital by ambulance.
The commotion lasted for well over an hour.
Authorities are still investigating how the altercation began. Anyone with information on this incident is urged to contact the Lancaster Station at 661-948-8466.