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Walnut Creek Officers Hurt, Firefighters Arrested in Drunken Melee

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    Two Walnut Creek police officers were injured over the weekend after they responded to a report of unruly guests at a Marriott Hotel, and two Contra Costa firefighters and their companions were arrested as a result, police said Tuesday. Bob Redell Reports. (Published Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016)

    Two Walnut Creek police officers were injured over the weekend after they responded to a report of unruly guests at a Marriott Hotel, and two Contra Costa firefighters and their companions were arrested as a result, police said Tuesday.

    The officers were called to the hotel early Sunday morning, just hours after the annual Firefighters Ball ended. When confronted by police, the four guests, two men and two women who were described as being intoxicated and belligerent, refused to leave or cooperate with officers, police said.

    When one of the men, Andrew Desmond, assumed a fighting stance, two officers tried to arrest him, and he proceeded to assault both of them, police said. Desmond, a Contra Costa Fire engineer, put one of the officers in a headlock, starting a brawl, according to the East Bay Times.

    Both officers suffered minor injuries and were treated and released at John Muir Medical Center, police said.

    Desmond, 31, was booked into county jail on charges of resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer, public intoxication and trespassing.

    Leah Mendaros, 35, assaulted hotel security personnel during the struggle and was placed under citizen arrest for battery, police said. She was booked on charges of battery, public intoxication, trespassing and obstructing an officer in the performance of their duties.

    Lontavious Johnson, 32, and Shirlee Johnson, 33, were arrested for public intoxication, trespassing and obstructing an officer in the performance of their duties.

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