SIX police officers have been injured – three of them taken to hospital – after allegedly being set upon by a mob of men in a bar south of Melbourne.
Two officers were trying to remove a man from the Brewhouse bar on Gellibrand Street when they were mobbed just before 10pm on Saturday.
In a statement, a Victoria Police spokesperson said two males assaulted the officers as they tried escorting an unruly patron outside.
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The male that was being removed from the venue then allegedly also starting lashing out at officers, attacking them before all three ran off.
The officers called for backup and chased the trio into a nearby lane where it’s alleged they and several of their other mates turned on them.
A number of patrons from the licensed premises came into the laneway and attempted to hinder police whilst they were attempting to arrest the males, police said.
Additional police arrived and were forced to deploy capsicum spray to break up the brawl.
In all, six officers were injured and seven men aged in their 20s and 30s were arrested.
Of the seven men, two 21-year-old’s have been charged with multiple offences, including assault police, resist police, intentionally cause injury and recklessly cause injury.
They have both been bailed to appear at the Geelong Magistrates’ Court on October 5.
The other five men were released pending further inquiries.
Three of the injured officers were taken to hospital for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries while the others were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
It’s understood at least one of the officers will need time off work to recover.
The investigation is ongoing.