Police issue warrants in Tennessee ‘paintball battles’

Published 4:30 pm Wednesday, May 27, 2020

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CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Arrest warrants have been issued for more than 60 people accused of involvement in a string of “paintball battles” taking place across a Tennessee city, according to authorities.
Chattanooga police received more than 70 calls reporting people shooting paintball guns between May 1 and May 18, The Times Free Press quoted police spokesman Sgt. Jeremy Eames as saying.
Eames said Tuesday that the battles appeared to have started as a game among groups of friends, but some suspects since targeted victims that were not involved.
At least four suspects were arrested on charges of misdemeanor disorderly conduct and reckless endangerment, news outlets reported, citing authorities and arrest reports. In one case, participants hung out of a car window to shoot at another vehicle, Hamilton County court documents said.
Nearby business owners and residents reported multiple groups of players, but declined to press charges, the reports said. The participants told police that neighbors were aware of the game and gave permission, but an officer wrote that they did not have permission from all of the residents in the area.
Police said they could not identify any suspects as the investigation remained ongoing, the Times Free Press reported.

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