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West Valley City gang fight leads to 1 arrest, 30 possibly charged

By Jared Page | Posted - Aug. 7, 2011 at 3:17 p.m.

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WEST VALLEY CITY — A 20-year-old man is in jail and as many as 30 others face possible charges following what police say was a "gang-involved fight" early Sunday morning.

Officers responded to multiple reports that shots had been fired near 1600 West and 2500 South about 1:15 a.m.

We couldn't validate that a firearm was used, and we were able to locate any potential victims.

–Mike Coleman

As police arrived, a crowd of roughly 50 to 60 people dispersed, many of them getting into cars and attempting to drive away, said West Valley City Police Lt. Mike Coleman.

Officers blocked roads out of the neighborhood and were able to identify about 30 people who were involved in the altercation, Coleman said.

The only person arrested at the scene was Brian Bell, 20, who was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of disorderly conduct and assualt on a police officer.

Charges could be filed against others involved pending the outcome of an investigation, Coleman said.

Thus far, police have not been able to determine whether any shots were fired during the incident.

"We couldn't validate that a firearm was used, and we were able to locate any potential victims," Coleman said.



Jared Page


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