Eight Guards, Seven Inmates Injured In California Prison Melee

One America News Network | 4/27/2005 | Staff
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Corrections officers at a maximum-security prison in Northern California opened fire with live ammunition on inmates to quell a melee on Wednesday that ended with eight guards and seven inmates sent to hospitals, prison officials said.

Five of the prisoners were wounded by gunfire.

Disturbance - Pelican - Bay - State - Prison

The disturbance at maximum-security Pelican Bay State Prison began about 10:30 a.m. PDT when prison staff responded to a fistfight between two inmates, according to a statement from the California corrections department.

After failing to break up the altercation using chemical agents and batons, the two officers were overwhelmed as large groups of inmates from elsewhere in the prison yard started attacking them, the department said.

Point - Agency - Officers - Armed

At that point, the agency said, “Officers from three armed...
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