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400 Inmates Fight at Prison in Arizona; Now Locked Down

By Alex Johnston
Epoch Times Staff
Created: March 3, 2013 Last Updated: March 7, 2013
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400 inmates fight at a prison in Tuscon, Ariz., leaving several staffers and inmates injured.

Authorities put an Arizona prison on lockdown on Sunday after a fight broke out among 400 inmates.

Bill Lamoreaux, a spokesman with the Arizona Department of Corrections, told The Associated Press that the fight took place at around 9:45 a.m. on Sunday at the Arizona State Prison Complex in Tucson, but guards were able to contain it.

In the melee, two prison employees suffered injuries, but it is not clear how injured they were.

Some 1,250 inmates are housed in the Whetstone Unit of the prison, where the fight broke out. The other seven units of the prison were not involved in the brawl.

The fight involved around 300 Caucasian and Mexican-American inmates, and around 100 African-American inmates, reported KVOA-TV in Tuscon.

Five inmates were taken to nearby hospitals for injuries they received in the fight. Other inmates are being treated at the prison.

All of the injuries were non-life threatening, reported Tuscon News Now.

Lamoreaux told the KVOA that the prison will be on lockdown for the remainder of Sunday and visitation has been canceled until Tuesday.

Authorities are currently undertaking an investigation into the incident.

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