Police are bracing for the possibility of more gang violence in the Ogden area following a courthouse brawl.
"It would not surprise us if it occurred," Weber County Sheriff's Sgt. Dale Bridges said Tuesday.
The fight broke out in an elevator between members of murder suspect Riqo Perea's family and friends of the victims, who belong to a rival gang.
Perea, 20, made a brief appearance Monday in Ogden's 2nd District Court where Weber County prosecutors announced they would seek the death penalty against him in the August shooting at a wedding that left two dead and two others wounded.
Weber County sheriff's deputies were limited in their comments about the brawl, since the incident was still under investigation. Bridges said after the hearing, members of Perea's family got into an elevator with the victims' friends.
"Between the third floor and the first floor, there was a melee," he said. "By the time they got to the bottom, everybody was rolling out of the elevators."
Two women suffered minor injuries in the fight, and many fled from the courthouse. Deputies are now reviewing surveillance cameras in an attempt to identify the perpetrators.
"It's safe to say it's gang-related, because the case is a gang-related case," Bridges said. "We're having difficulty having anyone cooperate."
The Weber County Sheriff's Office said it has had increased security at the courthouse for all of Perea's hearings. Security will likely be beefed up again."We've had minor problems in prior hearings, but nothing to this extent," Bridges said.
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