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Inmate killed in prison riot near Yuma

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SAN LUIS - Authorities say one inmate died in a riot at a southern Arizona prison.
    
The Arizona Department of Corrections confirmed Friday that 32-year-old Adam J. Coppa suffered fatal injuries in the Thursday night melee.
    
Officials say his death will be investigated and released no further details.
    
They say 26 inmates and 11 prison personnel suffered minor injuries.
    
The disturbance began in the prison complex near San Luis with an attack on prison guards.
    
DOC spokesman Andrew Wilder says inmates threw rocks and set fires to mattresses.
    
The incident lasted two hours and involved 600 inmates.


YUMA - Arizona State Prison Complex - Yuma is under lockdown Thursday night after inmates at the medium-custody Cheyenne Unit attacked prison personnel around 6:45 p.m., according to Andrew Wilder with the Arizona Department of Corrections.

The DOC said inmates threw rocks, set fires to mattresses and other property outside on the yard and broke into the prison health unit. Prison officials said about 600 inmates were involved.

All employees are safe and accounted for, officials said.

Quick responses from tactical teams from the Yuma, Lewis and Tucson prison complexes helped to bring the disturbance under control around 9 p.m.

The inmates involved are contained and will remain in the fenced recreation yard Thursday night as corrections officials investigate.

The DOC said it will investigate the disturbance and seek additional criminal charges for any inmates involved in violent activity.

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