About 30 police officers were needed to break up a brawl involving 200 people at a weekend baby shower in Stoughton, Mass., about 20 miles of Boston.
Bottles were flying, punches were being thrown, and furniture was being smashed at the coed celebration at Club Luis De Camoes that ended with four people charged, including a 14-year-old boy, the Stoughton Journal reported.
The partygoers assaulted responding police officers, injuring four of them. One officer was forced to use his stun gun on someone, according to the Journal.
Sgt. Dan McGowan arrived at the scene around 11:45 p.m. Saturday and said it was the largest and most violent fight he had seen during his law enforcement career.
Police said the fight was sparked by uninvited guests and the altercation was occurring in front of small children at the party, so officers were attempting to protect the children and break up the fights at the same time.
"Oh my God. It was just nonstop. There would be a skirmish in this corner, we'd go over to address it, and then another one would start up somewhere else,” McGowan said. “It was a nightmare.”
"It was a very chaotic scene,” McGowan told the Boston Globe. “They were all screaming and shouting and wailing, and it made it very difficult to decipher exactly who was fighting and who was just screaming."
Police said Patrick Cardoso Lopes, 24, Paulo Pires Depina, 24, and Aderito Lopes Deandrade, 22, all of Brockton, were scheduled to be arraigned Monday on charges including disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and assault and battery on a police officer, according to Boston.com. The 14-year-old's name was not released because of his minor status.
"The behavior (of the partygoers) was appalling. They not only put officers at risk, but their own children at risk during all this,” Stoughton Police Executive Officer Robert Devine told the Journal.
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