RIVERTON -- Two Riverton police officers were treated and released after being ambushed over the weekend by about 60 people at a local bar.
Police department spokesman Sgt. Bart Ringer said the officers were treated for head and back injuries at the Riverton hospital. Police are withholding the officers' names.
Three men were arrested following the incident at Bombers bar, including one in a wheelchair.
Ringer said the two officers fought their attackers for several minutes while receiving multiple blows. A full bottle of beer was smashed over one officer's head while the other officer was thrown to the ground and kicked.
During the attack, one assailant got hold of one of the officer's radio-microphone cords and wrapped it around the officer's neck, while another attacker tried to rip the officer's gun from its holster.
Police were called just before 1 a.m. Saturday to Bombers on Riverton's Main Street by management, which reported that its five bouncers couldn't control a fight.
Ringer said the first officer who arrived said the angry mob looked like a "squirming mass of humanity." The officer said he planned to wait for back-up, but immediately saw the mob attack a man in a wheelchair. The officer entered the fray and attempted to break up the fight. Within minutes, he was being pummeled and drug to the ground -- which is what the second officer witnessed as he walked in the door.
It took five more officers to break up the melee, according to the report, which by then was an all-out brawl of punching, kicking and throwing bottles and furniture. Officers used pepper spray to get the crowd to disperse.
When the pepper spray settled, three men were in custody: Ross Giles, 28, of Kinnear and two Riverton men, Ryan Engle, 21, and Terry Elliott, 32.
Engle and Giles were both charged with fighting and interference. They were the two who continued fighting as the crowd cleared -- Engle only stopping after police wrestled him to the ground and restrained him with handcuffs, and Giles stopped after being forced to the ground and stunned by a TASER. He was slapped with an additional charge of resisting arrest.
Elliott, the man in the wheelchair, managed to escape but was caught after leaving the bar. Police say he turned out to be one of the main instigators of the fight -- punching officers repeatedly and ramming his wheelchair into their bodies.
More arrests are expected to follow, Ringer said.
He also said trouble at Bombers is nothing new. Riverton police have been called to the bar 90 times in the past year.