Posted 10:58 PM 9/20/2012 : Disturbance at state prison injures at least 10
TUCSON - A fight broke out at the Arizona State Prison at Wilmot involving about 200 inmates, injuring at least 10 people.
The fight began at about 5:30pm in the Santa Rita unit. Corrections officials believe this incident was racially motivated between Hispanic and African American inmates.
Tucson Fire officials tell News 4 Tucson that about 10 people were taken to the hospital, with most of them suffering minor injuries.
"The triage itself, that's what we do is just a quick assessment of those injuries and after we've gotten a total assessment of those injuries, then we move to the next phase which is transporting those patients," said Barrett Baker, spokesman for TFD.
The inmates were escorted to the hospital with two officers on security detail for every inmate transported.
One of those injured was a corrections officer, suffering from some sort of a rib injury, Corrections officials said.
The Santa Rita unit is on lockdown pending the investigation as inmates are interviewed to determine the source of this disturbance.
Posted 7:38 PM 9/20/2012 : Fight leads to injuries at prison
TUCSON - A fight left ten inmates injured at the Santa Rita Unit of the Arizona State Prison Complex Tucson.
Department of Corrections tells News 4 at about 5:30 p.m., a fight started involving approximately 200 Hispanic and African-American inmates. Tactical Support Unit teams and on duty personnel were able to secure the yard with no force required. Control of the unit was regained at approximately 6 p.m.
All staff have been accounted for with one officer sustaining an injury to his rib cage. Ten inmates sustained injuries, but the extent is not known at this time.
All of the Tucson complex is on lockdown status and the Santa Rita Unit will remain locked down for several days.
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