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Vt. family allegedly attacks officers at Canobie Lake

(From left to right) Joshua Perry, Brian Perry, Alan Perry, Damian Perry, and Ashley Perry.

(From left to right) Joshua Perry, Brian Perry, Alan Perry, Damian Perry, and Ashley Perry.

Five members of a Vermont family are facing charges that they attacked two police officers for not allowing them to carry knives into a popular amusement park in New Hampshire Monday afternoon, officials said.

A Salem, N.H., police officer sustained a serious shoulder injury in the attack at Canobie Lake Park, and was treated and released from Parkland Medical Center. A second officer also sustained bruises and cuts, police said today in a statement.

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The six family members were each carrying knives clipped to their belts when they arrived at the park just after 1 p.m. When park security workers told them they weren’t allowed to carry their weapons into the park, several of the family members became “extremely belligerent,” prompting the two officers to respond to the scene, officials said.

One family member began screaming profanities at one of the officers in front of a crowd of park guests, and was given several warnings by the officer to stop. When the officer attempted to handcuff him, the family member became “extremely combative.”

The other family members allegedly joined in, jumping on the two officers’ backs, punching and kicking them and reaching for their weapons, police said.

Additional officers were dispatched to the area and helped pull the family off the officers.

As the family members were arrested, the mother, who was not involved in the attack, allegedly began to fake a seizure. She was treated and released by paramedics at the scene, police said.

The family members, excluding the mother, are expected to be arraigned in Salem District Court on multiple charges.

Alan Perry, 45, was charged with second-degree assault. Joshua Perry, 23, was charged with resisting arrest with serious injury, and his brother, Brian Perry, 18, was charged with simple assault on a police officer. Damian Perry, 18, and Ashley Perry, 20, were both charged with disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing, police said.

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Catalina Gaitan can be reached at catalina.gaitan@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.
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