Three inmates injured in Arizona prison melee

by Reuters
Friday, 21 February 2014 01:31 GMT

PHOENIX, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Three inmates were injured on Thursday in a large fight involving dozens of inmates inside a medium-security unit at an Arizona prison before the melee was ultimately quelled, authorities said.

Bill Lamoreaux, a spokesman for the state's Department of Corrections, said the fight broke out at about 4:15 p.m. local time and involved fewer than 100 inmates.

No prison guards were injured during the incident, which was "quelled a short time later by staff members," Lamoreaux said. He said the inmates who were hurt suffered minor injuries.

The cause of the fight at the state prison complex in Buckeye, west of Phoenix, was under investigation. The unit, which houses some 1,073 inmates, was expected to remain in lockdown at least through the weekend, he said. (Reporting by David Schwartz; editing by Cynthia Johnston and G Crosse)

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