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Basketball Game Fight Requires 20 Police to Break Up

Police arrested an 18-year-old for possession of a stolen firearm during a fight that broke out at a high school basketball game.

The fight, which involved both players and fans, happened during a boys high school basketball tournament in St. Paul.

Edward Wayne Ballard, of St. Paul, did not expose the weapon, it fell out of his waistband when he was struggling with police officers, Sgt. Pete Crum told the Pioneer Press. Ballard was arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm on school grounds and possession of stolen property because the gun was considered stolen.

Police report no injuries but Crum told the Star Tribune that a chemical irritant was used. A 17-year-old was also cited for disorderly conduct.

Monday, the Ramsey County attorney’s office set Ballard’s bail a $15,000. Ballard told police that he had the gun because he was scared and had been jumped in the past. He added that his cousin, an East Side Boys gang member, had given him the gun.