***UPDATED 9:45 P.M. on Tuesday, May 7th***
On Monday, Richmond County authorities told us they had no idea a fight of this nature took place in downtown Augusta on April 27th. They said the first they heard of it was when they watched the YouTube video.
But Marcus Brooks told us a different story about that night. He said he saw Richmond County deputies responding to the scene of the brawl.
“There were a lot of cop cars and there was an ambulance just coming up the street. They were trying to get the individual that was injured on the stretcher. It was a pretty heated situation and eventually they got him into the stretcher and got him out,” says Brooks.
We decided to get in touch with the source of the video, YouTube user TobaloTube. The user sent us this email:
“I got in the car and left as soon as soon as I heard gunshots. We saw a cop car two blocks away heading towards the scene, but we don't know if he was responding to that call. My friend was on phone with 911 the entire time the incident was happening but no officers responded while we were there.
I saw that the sheriff's said that they were unaware of the situation until they saw the video, but this cannot be true in that my friend was on the line with the operator the entire time.”
So we went digging for answers. If deputies responded to the scene of the altercation, one of them should have filed a report.
“As of right now, we haven't located an incident report or a miscellaneous report, that is correct,” says Richmond County Sgt. Shane McDaniel.
New details emerged Tuesday evening when McDaniel confirmed that deputies did respond to the scene of the fight after they received several 9-1-1 calls. McDaniel says one person was injured in the fight.
As for the lack of paper work?
“Once we respond to the scene… now you have got to imagine the environment. We've got sirens going, people yelling and screaming, maybe some glass breaking in the background, so by the time we pull up everybody is going to take off running. By the time we get out of the car and we are trying to catch up to them. We ask, 'can you tell me what is going on? Is anybody hurt?' Nobody wants to talk to us,” says McDaniel.
McDaniel says internal affairs is trying to figure out why a report wasn't filed after officers responded to the brawl. We will keep looking into this story and let you know the facts when we find out.
***POSTED at 5:39 P.M. on Tuesday, May 7th***
More questions surround the downtown Augusta brawl video that went viral on Monday. Richmond County Sheriff's Office investigators say they didn't know anything about the incident until investigators saw the video on YouTube Monday.
The video shows a violent brawl in front of the J.B. White's building on Broad Street involving a large crowd of people and it goes on for about 2-1/2 minutes.
The controversy and questions surrounding the brawl all started Monday night when we talked to a man who said he was in downtown Augusta on April 27th, the night that the fight happened. He said he saw Richmond County deputies responding to the scene of the fight, and he also said he saw an ambulance there to treat injured people.
The man's statements contradict what the Richmond County Sheriff's Office told me Monday, so Tuesday, I went back to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office to get a copy of the incident report that should have been filed after deputies responded to calls about the fight.
Here's what a spokesperson told me…
“There is no incident report, there is no miscellaneous report, or anything? And, that's kind of odd in a situation like this?” I asked Sergeant Michael Shane McDaniel. “As of right now, we haven't located an incident report or a miscellaneous report, that is correct. Once we respond to the scene, now you have got to imagine the environment okay, we've got sirens going, people yelling and screaming, maybe some glass breaking in the background, so by the time we pull up everybody is going to take off running,” he answered.
Sergeant McDaniel said a miscellaneous report should have been completed. He said they are talking to the weekend supervisor to find out what happened. Investigators are also questioning people here in downtown Augusta to look for witnesses.
Late Tuesday afternoon, we confirmed that the Sheriff's Office did receive calls about the fight, deputies did respond, and one person was injured during the fight. They are still looking for an incident report. We are told the Internal Affairs Division is conducting the investigation.