20+ person brawl in Slidell ends in 9 arrests
SLIDELL - Police arrested nine people after a brawl at a Slidell restaurant that involved more than 20 people Sunday.
Slidell Police said the fight began at a restaurant on Town Center Parkway between two families who did not know each other after one person insulted another. The fight became physical and escalated to a full-scale clash involving both families with juveniles included, according to investigators.
Police said Shawn Sorrell, 32, of New Orleans pulled out a stun gun and shocked two members of the opposing family before retrieving a .380 caliber handgun. Witnesses said Sorrell intentionally aimed the gun into the crowd and fired, grazing the leg of an innocent bystander who was attempting to break up the fight.
Police said they had to call for backup from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office due to the large number of combatants.
When order was restored, nine people were under arrest, and more arrests are expected to be made in connection with the brawl.
"This is an unfortunate incident, and we're lucky no one was killed," Chief Randy Smith said. "Things obviously quickly escalated out of control, and it took every available officer to restore order. As you can see by the arrests that were made, we are not going to tolerate this kind of behavior in our city. I am dedicated to keeping the citizens of Slidell safe, and will do whatever it takes to do so."
Shawn Sorrell is charged with two counts of aggravated battery with a stun gun and five counts of attempted first degree murder. Police said all involved were charged with disturbing the peace by fighting and two face additional charges for attacking an officer.