4 deputies injured, horse punched during brawl at California county fair

TURLOCK, Calif. — Four deputies were injured and a horse was punched Sunday night during a brawl at the Stanislaus County Fair, the sheriff’s department said.

Five people were arrested in connection with the brawl, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department said.

The fight started around 10 p.m. near the Cantina beer booth at the fair. Deputies noticed a group of men wearing gang attire and who appeared to be drunk.

“The Stanislaus County Fair has a zero-tolerance policy for this type of behavior,” the sheriff’s department said in a Facebook post. “Upon advising the subjects they would have to leave, an adult male assaulted one of our deputies.”

That led to a fight, which drew a large crowd of onlookers.

A mounted unit arrived at the scene to help with crowd control. A fairgoer, who appeared to support the man that assaulted the deputy, was knocked over by a horse.

“This subject got back up and was upset his beer had spilled,” the department said. “He proceeded to punch Maximus, the horse, in the rear end. He was subsequently arrested.”

On Monday, officials said Maximus is recovering and that the deputies suffered minor injuries in the brawl.

“It should be noted that this was by far the busiest night of the fair,” the sheriff’s department said. “Overall, the fair has been a safe and family friendly event with only minor incidents.”

This story originally appeared on KCRA.

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