Court fight ends with people arrested in Bridgeport - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Court fight ends with people arrested in Bridgeport

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BRIDGEPORT, CT (WFSB) -

A battle that erupted outside of court in Bridgeport led to people being arrest, according to police.

Police said they arrested five people after fighting with pipes and other weapons erupted outside of Bridgeport Superior Court on Golden Hill Street on Friday morning.

Channel 3's Matt McFarland spoke with witness Scott Fisher who witnessed the chaotic scene.

"There were people on top of cars, smashing cars, throwing chairs, several fist fits, so much commotion and screaming and yelling, people on top of people. Just never saw anything like it," said Fisher.

Officials said the fight broke out between two families that used to be friends. However, the relationship was ruined after Miguel Martinez was murdered last year.

His family was outraged by what they believe was a light sentence given to Efraim Rivera, the man charged with Martinez' murder.

There were reports that one person had a gun, but police wouldn't say if such a weapon was recovered.

"It was chaotic out here. Cops all over the place, they were all over the place, more state troopers," said witness Melvin Johnson.

The incident was investigated by court officials soon after.

"Consistent with standard policy, the Judicial Branch's Judicial Marshal Services Unit has investigated the incident with respect to the portion of the events related to the marshals and the courthouse," said Melissa Farley, executive director of external affairs.

Police said yesterday a separate incident occurred when gang members tried to shoot a man outside of a nearby courthouse.

Additional security was added to the Golden Hill Street building following Friday morning's fight.

"We have engaged the state police to provide security on the Golden Hill premises and will continue to coordinate our efforts with state and local law enforcement authorities to ensure that the courthouses remain safe and secure for the public, judges and staff," Farley said.

Police said the five people arrested may face additional charges.

For more photos of the fight, click here.

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