Officials: Multiple people arrested, deputies injured after 3,000 attend Florida party

Thousands gathered to party in Florida and clashed with law enforcement over the weekend.


Thousands gathered to party in Florida and clashed with law enforcement over the weekend.

Volusia County Sheriff's Deputies believe roughly 3,000 people gathered in different locations in DeLand for a party Saturday.


Officials said during the day the gatherings were uneventful, but at night things took a turn.

Law enforcement said weapons were pointed at officers. Bar stools, bottles and jars were also thrown at them, police said.

Around 10:30 p.m., a passenger in a vehicle pointed a weapon out the window, in the direction of a deputy and pedestrians while at a gas station.

Just after midnight, two men, later identified as Alphonso Parker and Charles Turner, exchanged gunfire near a crowd of roughly 1,500 people.

Deputies said Turner fled from police and threw the weapon. Turner is being charged with two counts of possession of a weapon/ammunition by a convicted felon, tampering with evidence, inciting a riot and resisting an officer without violence.

Deputies said Parker was arrested on many of the same charges as Turner, excluding the tampering with evidence but also charged with possession of a concealed firearm.

Investigators said a 34-year-old man took himself to a hospital and told police he was at the party in DeLand when he heard gunshots, and when fleeing with others realized he was shot.

A person is also in custody for hitting an officer with a cup containing alcohol, during which a deputy was punched but that person fled the scene.

One deputy sustained a minor knee injury and a DeLand PD officer had a minor head injury when he was hit with the jar.

Multiple people were taken into custody.