CARUTHERSVILLE -- A Caruthersville Police Department officer was injured by a firework during patrol on Monday. Also, several arrests were made in connection with the Fourth of July disturbance, which brought out officers from several nearby law enforcement agencies.
Around 10 p.m., officers were on patrol in the area of East 12th and Vest streets in reference to individuals discharging large fireworks and large crowds gathering on the streets, according to a news release issued by City Marshal Chris Riggs.
Upon arrival to the area, CPD officers noticed several juveniles wearing backpacks on the 1200 block of Vest.
"When the juveniles were approached by officers, the juveniles fled on foot," Riggs said. "CPD officers gave chase, however the juveniles got away."
Officers then received information some of the individuals firing large mortar rounds -- a large ball-shaped firework that is typically shot out of a tube -- at crowds and bystanders were juveniles, carrying the fireworks in their backpacks.
When returning to his patrol vehicle, an officer was injured when someone threw a large mortar round at the officer, which exploded in his face, according to Riggs.
The officer, who remains unnamed, was rushed to the Pemiscot County Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and later released for burns to his eyes and face. The extent of damage to his eyes is unknown as of press time, said Riggs.
For the complete story, including arrests as a result of the disturbance, check out the July 5 edition of the Standard Democrat.