2 officers injured after crowd shoots fireworks at Knoxville police

1 man, 2 juveniles arrested in Lonsdale neighborhood

WATE 6 On Your Side Staff - KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Three people were arrested on the Fourth of July for an incident involving fireworks in the Lonsdale neighborhood of Knoxville.

Jayron Mobley, 21, was charged with inciting a riot and evading arrest. Two juveniles were also arrested.

Knoxville Police Department said officers responded to reports of people shooting fireworks at people and vehicles in Lonsdale Homes. Officers said at around 10:30 p.m. there was an extremely large crowd that had gathered.

Police said people were throwing fireworks at officers that were responding. When Officer Dylan Williams tried to take Mobley into custody, police said around a crowd of people began hitting, kicking and attempting to pull Officer Williams away from him.

"It wasn't just firing fireworks off, we had those calls throughout the city. The difference was in the Lonsdale area, they were firing fireworks at people and at vehicles, making it an extremely dangerous situation," said Knoxville Police Department Chief David Rausch.

Officer Williams' arm was scraped during the scuffle, according to police. Regine'a Jones, a juvenile relative of Mobley, was arrested during the scuffle. She was charged with inciting to riot and assault.

Jones said she was standing up for her brother.

"The cops came back here and they was chasing him. They got him on the ground and so I went to my brother cause I didn't know where he was at. And I started punching the cops from the back of the head and I didn't stop," she said.

Officers said a second group of people shot fireworks at Sgt. Sam Henard hitting him in the foot. Officers said a hole was burned in Sgt. Henard's boot, hurting his foot.

A boy wearing a mask and carrying a backpack of fireworks was taken into custody. The boy was cited for state curfew violation and his fireworks were confiscated.

Jones says police owe her mother an apology for sending her kids to jail. Rausch said he believes the officers took the correct action.

"If that's your mindset, that you have no choice, when someone who's committed a criminal act, and you have no choice but to attack the officer that's absolutely insane criminal behavior. That's a young person who needs help is what I say," said Rausch.

Jones said the fireworks fights happen every year and if an officer tries to arrest her brother again, she'll act the same way.

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