New Bedford Police: Stun Gun Found During Football Game Disturbance
NEW BEDFORD — Police in New Bedford have confirmed that a stun gun was recovered during an incident at a high school football game on Friday night in which the game was cancelled and crowds evacuated amid several disturbances.
New Bedford police spokesman Lt. Scott Carola said that "charges may be forthcoming" due to the stun gun that was recovered.
He also noted that officers received information about a possible firearm at the scene at Walsh Field — but "after a search of the area, none were located," he said.
Police had previously stated that no arrests were made and no weapons recovered during the incident, but an internal communication provided to WBSM stated that one of the males allegedly involved had dropped a taser.
The message, from Sgt. Kelly Botelho addressed to "Everybody" and dated Sept. 9, also noted that two officers were told that two males "may have hidden a firearm in bushes near the grandstand area."
However, after a search with K9 units, no firearm was found and the male in custody was released, the message noted.
Multiple disturbances in the crowd during Friday's game between the New Bedford High Whalers and the Taunton Tigers resulted in the game being cancelled and the crowd cleared from the stands.
According to the police message, large groups of juveniles were acting "aggressive" towards police officers as they were trying to evacuate the crowd.
The Tigers were winning 33-7 when the game was called after the third quarter.