Authorities say a hostile crowd assaulted a Florida police officer while he was trying to arrest a combative man.
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Melbourne Police say the officer was arresting 22-year-old Phoenix Low of Melbourne early Saturday on a city ordinance violation of carrying an open container of alcohol.

A police statement says Low became combative and attempted to run before the officer wrestled him to the ground.

Cmdr. Vince Pryce says a crowd gathered and began striking and pulling at the officer, who took out his Taser and told “the aggressive advancing crowd” to get back.