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UPDATE: Salisbury Police Speak Out About Pepper Spray Deployment

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SALISBURY, Md. - Salisbury Police have released more information about their use of pepper-spray during an incident that happened on Saturday afternoon.

According to the report, Salisbury Police arrived on scene, on Smith Street and Hazel Avenue, around 4:00 PM, to find more than 600 people in the area, with numerous alcohol, noise, and traffic violations, along with disorderly behavior happening in the crowd. SPD called in other agencies for assistance, including MSP, Wicomico County Sheriff's Office, Fruitland and Salisbury University Police Departments.

Police say several, so far, unidentified, people threw full beer cans at a Wicomico County Sheriff's Deputy's patrol car. The authorities say the crowd was given repeated warning to leave the area, but these orders were apparently disregarded, while more beer cans were thrown, at a Salisbury Police Officer who was on foot.

This Officer then reportedly deployed OC spray to stop the assault, disband the crowd, and protect the health, safety, and welfare of the residents in the area. Authorities say the crowd left after the OC spray was used.

An investigation showed that the disturbance stemmed from parties being held at 301 Hazel Avenue, and 716 Smith Street. Five residents from those two homes were arrested, Phillip Guala, 22, James Miller, 23, Alexander Dewey, 21, Samuel Jacobson, 22, and Kate Hoch, 21. They are all charged with violation of City of Salisbury noise ordinance, and released.

Police say the investigation into this incident is still on-going, and they are asking anyone with information to contact Salisbury Police at 410-548-3165.

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