Crime

Group assaulted officer, security guard outside mall, police say

Biloxi police investigate the scene of an assault at Dillards believed to involve spring breakers, Sunday, April 9, 2017.
Biloxi police investigate the scene of an assault at Dillards believed to involve spring breakers, Sunday, April 9, 2017. ttisbell@sunherald.com

A group believed to be spring breakers assaulted a police officer and a security officer outside Edgewater Mall on Sunday, police Lt. Christopher De Back said.

A crowd had gathered in the parking lot and officers responded when four or five members of the crowd assaulted them before 4 p.m., De Back said.

The suspects fled in a vehicle, he said.

“They are spring breakers,” De Back said. “We do know that.”

The crowd dispersed, and the beach across the highway was packed, De Back said in a phone call from the scene.

Details on what happened and why, and the officers’ injuries, were not immediately available, though De Back said at least one officer was likely to require medical treatment.

Dillard’s department store enacted a limited-access policy as a safety measure, he said.

SunHerald.com will update this report as details develop.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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