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Two arrested after early morning fight

Two men have been arrested after an early morning brawl at Darrell’s Wharf in which police came under threat from a crowd of onlookers.

The fight, ending with a 27-year-old and a 23-year-old man arrested, was also caught on a video now circulating on social media.

The matter is under investigation, and a spokesman urged witnesses or anyone with information to contact police.

Officers on patrol at 1.20am on Thursday intervened after encountering a crowd at the wharf on Harbour Road watching a fight between the two men.

After the 23-year-old was arrested and taken by police to their vehicle, the other man began fighting with members of the crowd, then violently resisted arrest.

After the crowd threatened and closed in on one officer, the other assisted, tasering the 27-year-old as both tried to keep the crowd at bay.

The 23-year-old managed to escape during the second arrest, but was apprehended at a Paget residence and also arrested after more officers arrived and helped to calm the crowd.

The tasered man sustained minor scrapes, and one officer sustained minor hand injuries.

The incident was recorded on police body cameras.

The spokesman said a video being circulated showed the tasered suspect on the ground with one officer over him and the second officer producing his baton as the crowd converged, threatening police. The video then stops.

Police involved in both arrests were said to be protecting themselves when threatened.

Anyone with information was asked to call 211 or the main police number at 295-0011.