Police say teen-fight became small-scale riot

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Officers involved in brawl involving teens

PHOENIX - A huge brawl between teenagers and police Wednesday afternoon ended with three officers injured and 12 people under arrest.

As school was letting out at South Mountain High School, a fight ensued between a group of individuals in a blue El Camino and a group of individuals that were standing on the southeast corner of Seventh Street and Roeser Road. Phoenix police Officer Luis Samudio said this quickly turned into a small-scale riot with 200 to 300 people either fighting or cheering.

Samudio said a South Mountain High School resource officer made a traffic stop on the El Camino and a large group immediately converged upon him. He went to the ground in a struggle with one of the occupants of the car, injuring one of his knees.

When a second officer arrived, he was immediately assaulted.

Approximately 40 officers soon arrived to assist.

Another officer sprained an ankle and a third accidentally got hit with pepper spray.

Ten juveniles and two adults ranging in age from 15 to 29 were taken into custody for a variety of charges, including aggravated assault on police officers, resisting arrest and riot.