Officials: Deputy assaulted while responding to large fight in Salisbury

Tyaisha U. Johnson, 21, and Tyris L. Edwards, 19, both of Salisbury, Md.

The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office says they made two arrests Wednesday afternoon at Billy Gene Jackson Park in Salisbury when a man reportedly brandished a pole menacingly at people and a woman reportedly assaulted a deputy as the deputy was arresting the man.

Officials say a deputy responded at around 5 PM to the 400 block of North Park Drive for a report of a large fight in progress. According to police, the deputy witnessed more than 30 people involved in a melee as he was pulling up to the scene, though most of the fighting stopped at the sight of his arrival.

Police say, however, that one man continued acting aggressively toward others while holding a four-foot long pole menacingly. When the deputy asked the man to drop the pole, the man reportedly refused. Officials say the deputy was able to force the man to the ground and began attempting to take the suspect into custody. During this process, police say a woman jumped onto the deputies back.

Once the deputy got the woman off of his back, officials say several members of the crowd began moving in on the deputy. The crowd reportedly backed off as more deputies and police officers arrived to the scene.

The man with the pole and the woman were both arrested. The sheriff's office identifies the suspects as Tyris L. Edwards, 19, and Tyaisha U. Johnson, 21, both of Salisbury.

Edwards is charged with disorderly conduct and failure to obey a reasonable and lawful order. He was committed to the Wicomico County Detention Center on a bond of $5,000.

Johnson is charged with second degree assault and interfering with an arrest. She was committed to the Wicomico County Detention Center on a bond of $7,500.

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