Fight near Memphis Zoo raises safety concerns on Free Tuesdays - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Fight near Memphis Zoo raises safety concerns on Free Tuesdays

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A fight at the exit of the Memphis Zoo's parking lot has made rounds on social media.

Bystanders caught two women on camera fighting inside their car immediately outside the zoo's parking lot.

The women were on their way home from Free Tuesday when they began fighting. Police, patrolling Free Tuesday at the zoo, arrived quickly.

One of the women was exposed right on the street in the midst of the fight, all while hundreds of families were visiting the zoo.

A security officer and Memphis Police officer stepped in quickly.

“We have a great relationship with the Memphis Police Department and so every Tuesday, we have some officers who are here, just making sure that everything goes smoothly,” said Marketing and Communications Manager Laura Doty.

Tennessee Tuesday, better known as Free Tuesday to locals, brings officers to the location. Entry to the zoo is free from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. with a valid state ID on Tuesdays.

Police said the two sisters left the zoo and began fighting on the road by the exit. A security officer tried to break it up, but called police, who arrived within seconds. The scene was cleared and no one was arrested.

A short time later, on McLean Boulevard, the two stopped again and started fighting. A neighbor called police, who broke up the fight again. Still, no one was charged.

So far this summer, the WMC Action News 5 investigators found only one recorded incident on Free Tuesday, which occurred back in June, which was the only recorded incident all summer.

“It’s a big deal, too,” said zoo visitor John Lintner. “We just happen to be members, so we come on whatever day works.”

Zoo staff members said what happens outside their property cannot be controlled, but this situation was handled exactly how they’d hope.

"It was a family altercation and our guest services staff called MPD, who was here because that's a service that we provide,” Doty said. “And one of MPD's fine officers broke it up."

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