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Fight breaks out at Meriden Mall, police use pepper spray

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The scene outside the mall in Meriden, where a fight broke out Saturday.

MERIDEN — At least seven people were involved in a brawl at the Westfield Shopping Mall in Meriden Saturday, police said.

The fight, involving at least one juvenile, led to the officers utilizing pepper spray.

Around 6:20 p.m., police officers working in the mall were approached by two women who said they were afraid they would be assaulted by two other women.

mall4Seconds later, those two other females–who were a mother and a child– approached the officers screaming and causing a disturbance, police said.

As police tried to prevent a fight, the daughter broke free and began attacking one woman.

A larger fight began, including at least seven people. More than 100 people surrounded the brawl.

mall3Since there were only two officers involved in a growing brawl, one officer said he feared for his life and took out his can of OC pepper spray.

The officer sprayed “the aggressors” with the pepper spray, police said.

Police backup arrived soon after, and took control of the scene. Fire officials and ambulance crews cared for anyone who was unintentionally sprayed, police said.

There were no serious injuries. The mall is open and the scene is cleared.

Three adults and one juvenile were arrested, but police are not releasing any names.

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