BRYAN, Texas – Bryan Police had a busy Fourth of July weekend.

A Fourth of July firework shootout resulted in the arrest of ten people and three officers injured.

As officers arrived at the various calls, they were met with people shooting fireworks at them and their patrol cars. It was apparent this was a dangerous situation for all area residents.

Angel Mar has lived in the neighborhood for several years and watched the Fourth of July fireworks fight through his window.

“We were all the time inside the house, because we didn’t want to get hurt or something like that. Because I have a boy. He is almost two years old,” Mar said.

Mar says every year, people pop firecrackers in the same corner by Martin Luther King and Military Street – but he has never seen anything like it was this year.

“12 a.m. in the morning, more cops come. About seven patrols. And people were hitting them with fireworks,” Mar said. “It was crazy! So crazy!”

The initial call received was at 7:20 p.m. Officers were dispatched to the 1500 block of Military Drive about people shooting fireworks toward houses. At 8:47 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 800 block of Denise Drive due to “more than 60 people shooting fireworks at each other,” and someone standing in the middle of the roadway shooting fireworks at vehicles driving by.

Shelly Cazey witnessed the chaos, and says they were shooting more than fireworks.

“They were popping a lot of firecrackers, and they shot that gun right there. I saw them!,” Cazey said.

Cazey said they were also fighting.

“It’s scary. And then they are over there breaking in cars,” Cazey said.

At 10:46 p.m., dispatch received a call to the area of East Martin Luther King Street and Military Drive about possible shots being fired. At 10:57 pm, dispatch received a call from a citizen saying someone shot their vehicle with a firework in the 800 block of East Martin Luther King Street. The resident added the firework had broken a window on their vehicle. On July 5th, at 12:07 a.m., the department continued to receive calls about people shooting fireworks in the 900 block of East Martin Luther King Street.

Due to the hostile crowd and fireworks being shot at officers, more than 15 officers responded to the area. There were three officers injured during multiple incidents. One officer sustained minor burns to their face from fireworks, one officer had someone spit in their face, and one officer sustained multiple lacerations when a subject attempted to fight them during an arrest.

One officer posted on Facebook that a firework hit her in the face. She says the level of disrespect towards the officers and the community made her hate her job.

“All the time police comes. But it was not like this Fourth of July. It was crazy! For real!,” Mar said.

A total of ten people were arrested:

35-year-old Robert Lockett, , of Galinda Park, Texas, was arrested for multiple warrants and Possession of Fireworks.

43-year-old Darrius Ellison, of Bryan, Texas was arrested for a warrant and Possession of Fireworks.

18-year-old Jamarcus Howard, of Huntsville, Texas, was arrested for Possession of Fireworks.

22-year-old Sedria Fielder, of Bryan, Texas, was arrested for Assault Public Servant, and Possession of Fireworks.

18-year-old Jasteven Craft, of Bryan, Texas, was arrested for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Fireworks.

57-year-old Bobby Johnson, of Bryan, Texas, was arrested for Interference with Public Duties.

34-year-old Tonishia Nelson, of Bryan, Texas, was arrested for Assault Public Servant, Resisting Arrest, and Interference with Public Duties.

19-year-old Crystal Stringfellow, of Somerville, Texas, was arrested for Interference with Public Duties.

18-year-old Emond Taylor, of Bryan, Texas, was arrested for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Fireworks.

A juvenile, of Bryan, Texas, was arrested for Harassment of Public Servant, Obstruction or Retaliation, Resisting Arrest, and Resisting Transport.

The Bryan Police Department Administration is in the process of reviewing body camera footage and plans on releasing footage.

Source: Bryan Police Department