South S.F. police assaulted breaking up fight

Several police officers were assaulted as they tried to break up a melee that broke out at a family reunion at San Cristo HallFriday night in South San Francisco, police reported today.

One officer was choked, others were assaulted and one officer had a suspect try to remove her gun from its holster, according to police.

Initially 16 South San Francisco police officers reported to the scene, but when officers became threatened, a North county Phase 2 Tac Alert was issued, bringing in officers from Daly City, Pacifica, Broadmoor, Bay Area Rapid Transit, San Bruno, Brisbane and San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. The situation was brought under control in about 30 minutes.

Officers received reports of a fight around 11 p.m. and reported to San Cristo Hall, located at 41 Oak Ave., according to police. When the officers arrived they observed about 10 women fighting in the parking lot while another 100 people watched.

Additional fights began to break out in the crowd and officers observed a young woman produce a metal baseball bat and prepare to start swinging. According to police, when an officer attempted to halt the girl, members of the crowd restrained the officer and other officers began to be assaulted by the mob.

Several people were Tasered as authorities attempted to gain control of the crowd. Officers arrested three adults and one teenage girl on a variety of charges stemming from the fight.

Samatuafaiga Atuataiga Tagaloa, a 32-year-old utility worker from Daly City and Sabrina Salvation Lopa, an 18-year-old college student from Sacramento were booked in to Redwood City Jail, according to police. Police also cited Elvin Leota, a 28-year-old Oakland man, and arrested a 17-year-old girl from Sacramento as a result of the fight.

— Bay City News

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