Waco PD: Deadly brawl ‘could have been avoided’


http://www.kcentv.com/story/29087161/waco-pd-deadly-brawl-could-have-been-avoided

Sunday’s deadly brawl at a Twin Peaks location in Waco could have been prevented by management at that restaurant, according to Waco police.

Sgt. Patrick Swanton said Waco police knew before Sunday that there would be trouble at the restaurant and had additional officers on the scene. Waco police had attempted to work with management at the local Twin Peaks before, but the restaurant refused.

Nine people were killed and at least 18 more were injured in a melee involving guns, knives, clubs and other paraphernalia.

“What happened today could have been avoided if we would have had management at a local establishment listen to their police department and assist us,” Swanton said. “They failed to do that, and this is the event that happened.”

Swanton said it was the most violent crime scene he had witnessed in his 34 years in law enforcement.

Rival biker gangs met at the Twin Peaks location to recruit members. Swanton said the bikers are a group of criminals.

“That’s what started this process today, was a bunch of criminal element bikers that came to Waco and tried to instill violence into our society, and unfortunately they did that,” he said.

The entire Central Texas Marketplace was shut down for safety reasons in the wake of the deadly shootout.

“I would bet any business manager in here short of [management at the Twin Peaks location] would tell you that ‘we are going to protect our customers,'” Swanton said. “They did the right thing and shut their businesses down.”

Police acted out of caution due to the possibility of more bikers arriving at the scene Sunday afternoon.

Air space was cleared for law enforcement helicopters to collect evidence. Swanton said the investigation would be a lengthy one.

“It will be a slow and tedious process due to the number of [people] killed at the scene,” Swanton said at a press conference just before 5 p.m. “There is a lot of evidence to process.”

Multiple law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, were assisting in that process.

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