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SAPD officer injured dismantling West Side party

30 officers tried to disperse nearly 500 party guests

SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio police officer is recovering after he was attacked while breaking up a party on the city's West Side Saturday around 10:30 p.m. 

Police said they received calls from neighbors complaining of noise, and when they arrived there were nearly 500 people at a home near the intersection of Little Laurie and South Ellison drives.

Officers asked the host to shut down the party but the man just yelled obscenities into the crowd about the police.

Police tried to arrest the man but he became aggressive toward them, police said. A partygoer then jumped in, sparking a massive brawl.

Officers then put in a call for backup and within minutes more than 30 officers arrived to the scene.

By that time the crowd had spilled into the street, where parked cars lined the road.

As police tracked the alleged host through the crowd, some partygoers began to throw rocks and bottles at one of the officers.

"Unknown persons in the crowd were punching him in the back of the head, and throwing rocks at him and bottles," said Sgt. Joe Mckinney, with the San Antonio Police Department. "He got hit in the head a number of times. He's being checked out by EMS, but he's expected to be OK." 

Officers were able to apprehend the host, who is being held for resisting arrest and inciting a riot.

A partygoer who interfered with arresting officers was also taken into custody.