Arizona

Feb 20, 2014 9:09 PM by Stefanie Boe, Sarah Sanchez, 12News

UPDATE: 8 inmates injured in prison disturbance

BUCKEYE - An Arizona Department of Corrections spokesperson now says eight inmates were injured in a riot Thursday afternoon 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.

Patients were taken both by helicopter and ambulance from the prison to be treated for their injuries.

It was more than a fight than a riot, Lamoreaux said. "It involved less than approximately 100 inmates, but more than 50," Lamoreaux said. We're told no staff members were hurt.

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

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.

Last month, an inmate struck an employee several times on the head and body during a disturbance that started on a Friday morning and ended when corrections officers in a tower shot non-lethal rounds at the prisoner.

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