Two people tased in exchange with Richmond police

By Laura Geller - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – We've uncovered new information about a fight outside a Shockoe Bottom night club that led to four arrests and two cops getting hurt. NBC12 has learned this fight escalated to the point that officers had to tase two of the people involved. The suspects arrested were at the Have A Nice Day Café for a Halloween party.

Six men got kicked out of the club overnight because they were throwing gang signs, according to General Manager Jesse Nicholson.

Nicholson told NBC 12, the situation escalated when his security team communicated with the off-duty police officer outside. The group of people was angry, upset that they were forced to leave. Nicholson said the officer was outnumbered and called for backup.

State Police troopers and Richmond officers made four arrests, including Cortez Wright who was charged with felony assault on an officer.

This isn't the first time police have been called to the area. The April murder of Jeremy Uzzle ramped up security and pushed through a new nightclub ordinance.

We dug up a paragraph in that law that says a club's permit can be revoked if it or the surrounding area become a breeding ground for criminal activity.

"I'd say that they seem to fit in to this paragraph right now," explained Shockoe Bottom Neighborhood Association President David Napier.

Napier said there seems to be a pattern that is hurting an already bruised area.

"What we're hoping is that they can learn to do business in a better way," he said.

Nicholson told us his club works closely with police and owners supported the nightclub ordinance earlier this year.

It's important to note that no gunfire was exchanged during the incident. The trooper who was injured was actually bitten by a dog from the Virginia State Police K-9 unit on scene.

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