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Lockdown lifted at Pitchess

Posted: October 10, 2011 8:29 a.m.
Updated: October 10, 2011 8:29 a.m.

Things are back to normal at the Pitchess Detention Center this morning after a major fight broke out among inmates Sunday.

“They resumed normal operations there an hour ago,” said Lt. Kimberly Unland of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department at 8:15 a.m. today.

At about 1:37 p.m. Sunday, jail officials reported a “major inmate disturbance” at the jail’s North County Correctional facility.

About 63 inmates got involved in an “inmate versus inmate disturbance” in their dormitory at the north facility.

No deputies or custody officials were injured.

As a result, the jail was placed in modified lock down status throughout the day.

That status was lifted at about 7 a.m. today.

“Within minutes, deputies and custody assistants working in that dormitory area were joined by Emergency Response Teams of sheriff’s deputies who responded to prevent the escalation of violence between the inmates and to restore order,” jail officials said in a media release.

“Deputies initially used verbal commands and ordered the inmates to stop fighting. When the fighting continued, deputies threw “Clear Out” gas and sting balls (which deploy rubber pellets that sting) into the area where inmates were fighting each other.

Deputies restored order after approximately 10 minutes,” they said.

Preliminary investigation did not reveal the reason for the brawl.

No weapons were seen to have been used by the inmates, not were any found during the search afterwards, officials said.
Deputies identified numerous suspects in the altercation.

It is under investigation by Sheriff’s Operation Safe Jails investigators.

One inmate sustained a small puncture wound to his abdomen during the fight.

The inmate told deputies he was “stuck” by an unknown inmate. He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for further medical treatment for non life-threatening injuries.

Twenty inmates sustained minor injuries including scrapes/scratches and were treated for their injuries by jail medical professionals.


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