- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Police in central Ohio say several large fights broke out at the funeral of a man with known gang ties, leading to a response by about 100 officers.

The Columbus Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1Jn7Q9T ) reports that police were called Monday to the area around First English Lutheran Church in Columbus. A funeral for 28-year-old Dametrious Edwards was being held there.

Edwards had been found dead in a basement Sept. 13. Police haven’t said how he died.

Sgt. Rich Weiner says the fights broke out behind the church, and pepper spray was used to break up the melee. No shots were fired and no officers were hurt.

Weiner says it’s not unusual for gang-related funerals to draw attention from rivals because gang members are expected to be among the mourners.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, https://www.dispatch.com

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