Prison fracas leaves three officers injured
The US Tennessee Department of Correction said the incident erupted around 4pm local time, after 16 prisoners began to run riot in the Tennessee prison, Turney Centre Industrial Complex.
One prison officer was held hostage for a long while, according to reports, as other prisoners began to wreck the jail.
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A prison spokeswoman reportedly said: "The incident involving 15-20 inmates took place in one housing unit. Three officers were assaulted.
Within minutes, a SWAT team was called to respond to the growing fight. In a Facebook statement, the prison said: “The entire facility is on lockdown and the housing unit the disturbance occurred in is under control.
“TDOC leadership is onsite and the investigation is ongoing. All inmates involved will be charged appropriately upon the conclusion of the investigation.”
Around 1,500 inmates are housed in the prison, the majority of whom are kept under medium security rules.
Spokeswoman Alison Randgaard said on Twitter: "One of those officers was held hostage for a time. Our special operations unit was deployed, and we have re-gained control of the situation."
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The fight lasted for at least an hour
Matt Batcheldor, a spokesman Vanderbilt University Medical Center, confirmed they are treating three people who came to the Nashville-based hospital from the prison.
He said: "We have three patients that we have received from the prison. Two are in critical condition, one is in stable condition."
The fight is said to have lasted for three hours, officially coming to an end at 7pm, local time.