2 injured when suspects shoot Roman candles at officers, patrol cars

2 injured when suspects shoot Roman candles at officers, patrol cars
Tahj Walton are suspected of shooting fireworks at officers. (Source: Rusk County Sheriff's Office)
Tahj Walton are suspected of shooting fireworks at officers. (Source: Rusk County Sheriff's Office)
Tyresha Duffie are suspected of shooting fireworks at officers. (Source: Rusk County Sher...
Tyresha Duffie are suspected of shooting fireworks at officers. (Source: Rusk County Sher...

HENDERSON, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas deputy and a bystander were injured Wednesday when suspects shot Roman candles at them during an event. Two people have been arrested in connection with the incident.

About 10 p.m. July 4, a Henderson Police Department officer responded to Webster Drive and Robertson Street in reference to a report of fireworks being fired within the city limits.

HPD says that when the officer arrived, they found multiple people firing off fireworks.

"As the officer attempted to disperse the crowd many of the subjects turned the fireworks on the Officer and his patrol car," the police department said in a Friday news release.

Rusk County Sheriff's Department, the Texas Highway Patrol and Mount Enterprise City Marshal also responded to the scene.

"The suspects were shooting Roman candles and throwing 'artillery shells' at officers and patrol car," the release stated.

A Rusk County deputy received minor burns on the arm and a female bystander was injured as well, HPD said. Neither sought medical attention. Several patrol cars were also damaged.

Two people were arrested and charged with engaging in organized criminal activity - Tahj Walton, 17, and Tyresha Duffie, 20. The department says the two were also cited for city ordinance fireworks violations.

The department is investigating the case and said more arrests are expected.

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