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Troopers respond to Shinnecock Reservation during U.S. Open, say police

A report of three people walking with guns drew state troopers to the Shinnecock Indian Reservation Sunday, where they found no weapons but about 2,000 people attending a concert.

One tribal leader who managed the event said the police response was unwarranted and noted there were no arrests.

With the final round of the U.S. Open at nearby Shinnecock Hills Golf Club simultaneously winding down, a “large contingent of State Police members assigned to the golf tournament were immediately deployed in and around the reservation,” State Police said Monday in a news release.

Tribal trustee Lance Gumbs, who managed the unannounced event, said only around 10 troopers appeared at the reservation as a result of a call to police that he charged was a “spoof.” Event managers allowed police in after a report of two women who had passed out, one from heat exhaustion, the other from “drink,” Gumbs said.

The initial gun report, at about 5:15 p.m., was unfounded, but police in a release described the crowd as “unruly.” They responded to multiple calls for service “including an aided case for a female attendee who was unresponsive but breathing, a stolen motorcycle, multiple fights in progress, and a hit and run accident,” State Police said.

Gumbs disputed that account.

“None of that stuff happened,” he said of the State Police account. “I was there the whole day. We had a good day. It was a beautiful event,” with food, music and dancing, he said.

State Police said troopers remained on scene to “regain order, maintain crowd control and ensure an orderly and safe departure of concert attendees.”

State Police said it worked with multiple East End law enforcement agencies to ensure “the safety of both golf spectators and concert attendees while maintaining the orderly flow of traffic throughout Southampton.”

The State Police release did not list any arrests made, and a spokeswoman wouldn’t comment beyond the release.

Gumbs noted the event had its own 50-person security detail, in addition to tribal security, and that all attendees were patted down and bags checked before they entered on the tribe’s powwow ground. No weapons were found, he said.

Gumbs accused police of “trying to embarrass us” because the tribe didn’t notify the police of the event in advance.

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