Melee erupts at Centinela, three inmates go to hospitals

May 04, 2002|By RUDY YNIGUEZ

Staff Writer

CENTINELA STATE PRISON — A fight between 40 to 50 Hispanic and white inmates broke out here Friday afternoon, sending at least three to local hospitals.

Centinela public information officer Deavonne Long said 40 to 50 inmates were involved in the 2:15 p.m. incident, which occurred in the level four maximum security yard while inmates were involved in a recreational program.

"There were some injuries that required inmates to be transported to outside hospitals," she said, adding the cause of the melee was still under investigation. No names were available by presstime Saturday. "None of the injuries are considered to be life-threatening," she said.


Long said one inmate had puncture-type wounds to his chest and stomach, another received superficial slashing wounds, while a third received multiple trauma requiring medical evaluation.

"I haven't gotten any report of weapons," Long said, adding the yard was in partial lockdown.

Long said the situation was quickly controlled, though one staff member suffered a twisted knee, while another was exposed to pepper spray and later decontaminated on-site.

"No staff were injured as a result of the inmates fighting," she said.

>>Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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