Feb 20, 2014 7:49 PM by Sarah Sanchez

Prison riot prompts lockdown

BUCKEYE - At least 3 people suffered injuries during a riot at a prison located west of Phoenix.

According to Bill Lamoreaux, Media Relations Administrator for the Arizona Department of Corrections, the incident began at approximately 4:15 p.m. Thursday in the Stiner unit at Arizona State Prison Complex-Lewis in Buckeye.

News 4 Tucson has been given conflicting information from emergency responders on scene and the Department of Corrections.

According to Buckeye Fire Department, 3 helicopters were en-route to the facility for 3 patients who suffered stab wounds. All 3 are in critical condition, according to the fire department.

A total of 6 patients with either minor or moderate injuries were being taken by ambulance to area hospitals, the fire department added.

It was more than a fight than a riot, Lamoreaux said. "It involved less than approximately 100 inmates, but more than 50," Lamoreaux said.

Lamoreaux claims that only 3 inmates suffered injuries, all of which are non-life threatening. No staff members were injured, Lamoreaux added.

The Stiner unit houses approximately 1,200 medium security inmates, according to the prison's website, which was updated yesterday.

Both the unit and the prison are on lockdown, Lamoreaux said. The unit will remain locked down for the weekend and possibly part of next week.

Stay tuned to News 4 Tucson for updates.



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