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Arrests made after Friday night fights at Biloxi High football game

Biloxi police are investigating some fights that occurred during the last quarter of the football game between Biloix High School and Harrison Central High School on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017.
Biloxi police are investigating some fights that occurred during the last quarter of the football game between Biloix High School and Harrison Central High School on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. Sun Herald File

Biloxi police Maj. Chris DeBack said a “couple of people” were arrested after some fights broke out Friday night during the final quarter of a football game between Biloxi High and Harrison Central at Biloxi Indians Stadium. DeBack said the arrests were misdemeanor charges for public fighting.

“There had been some talk that there was going to be some fighting because there had been a bunch of talking back and forth during the week of the game,” DeBack said. It is not known if anyone who was arrested was a student at Biloxi High or Harrison Central.

There was extra police presence at the game, and De Back said fights did break out, but they were dispersed before police could get to the area of the fights.

The campus was temporarily placed on lockdown during the commotion. DeBack said there was no sign that any shots had been fired. He said pepper spray was used to break up a fight but it was used by a “law enforcement agency other than Biloxi police.”

Biloxi Public Schools Public Relations Director Jennifer Pyron said Saturday that school officials were still gathering information about the incidents before releasing a statement.

DeBack said there was no evidence to suggest the brawling was gang related.

The Indians play at home next on Oct. 20, its homecoming.

Justin Mitchell contributed to this report.

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