ST. GEORGE – At about 9:32 p.m. Tuesday, St. George Police responded to the area of 2056 E. Middleton Drive in St. George on report of several people seen fighting in the street and an assault in progress. Four men in their early 20s were found to be injured, and two male suspects, also in their early 20s, were in custody of St. George Police by about 10:30 p.m. with no further suspects at large.
Although the details of events preceding the street fight remained under investigation, St. George Police Sgt. Sam Despain said at 10:45 p.m., officers found a large gathering in the street outside the complex on Middleton Drive, with four men injured.
“What we understand at this point,” Despain said, “is that this gathering somehow got heated and an argument ensued which led to the assault taking place. It was reported that a knife was brandished as well as an ax during the assault; we’ve recovered both a knife and an ax.”
Police had not yet determined whether the knife and ax recovered were in fact the ones used in the assault, he said.
When police arrived on scene, Despain said, they came into contact with four men who had suffered what officers on scene described as minor lacerations.
“One individual had cuts to his finger, another individual had a cut on the left side of his body – kind of under his arm – another individual had a cut to his neck – his neck area – and another individual had a cut in his abdomen area,” Despain said.
None of the injuries were life threatening, he said. Three of the men were transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, and the fourth declined transport.
Two suspects that were associated with the assault that took place are in police custody, Despain said, and there were no other suspects at large that police were looking for.
Washington City Police Department was called in to assist because, when the initial reports came in, St. George Police did not know exactly what they were facing. They had reports of many people and were not sure how many suspects were involved, so Washington City Police helped in establishing a perimeter as the incident was addressed.
Washington County Sheriff’s K-9 unit also arrived on scene to assist in locating drugs, guns or other evidence that may be relevant to the ongoing investigation.
Police were not releasing particulars and identification of the persons injured or the suspects taken into custody, as interviews, gathering witness statements and evidence was ongoing Tuesday night.
This is a developing story.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
St. George News Editor-in-Chief Joyce Kuzmanic contributed to this report.
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