CAMERON (August 12, 2014) Officers used a pepper spray fog early Sunday morning in Cameron to break up a large crowd outside of a local nightclub where hundreds were gathered, some of whom pelted police with rocks.
Officers responded earlier to a report that a woman had been struck in the head by her estranged husband, but were unable to get to the scene because of the large crowd at Club Envy on Vogelsang Avenue, police said in a press release Tuesday.
The victim was forced to walk about four blocks in order to get help and “was bleeding quite profusely when officers arrived,” police said.
At around 3:15 a.m. Sunday, officers attempted to enter the area around the club, but were met by hundreds of people who refused to move to allow the police vehicles to pass, authorities said.
“Officers ordered the crowd to move over loud speakers, but no movement occurred,” police said.
After officers witnessed three altercations in the club’s parking lot and saw that others were likely to break out, they ordered the crowd to disperse and shut down the club, whose alcohol permit allows sales until 2 a.m.
But as officers got out of their vehicles, some in the crowd began to throw rocks, which damaged three police units, authorities said.
One officer was struck in the chest, but wasn’t injured.
The officers called for backup and ultimately a total of nearly a dozen local and state officers deployed the pepper spray to break up the crowd.
No arrests were made and officers weren’t able to identify those who threw the rocks, police said.
The situation will be turned over to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, police said.