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8 Guards Injured in Prison Uprising

November 12, 2000|From Times Wire Reports

Eight guards were injured, two seriously, during a prison uprising in Estancia, N.M., in which 32 inmates took corrections officers hostage, authorities said. The riot was quelled after about two hours when an emergency response team threw tear gas into the area, State Police Lt. Gary Smith said. None of the inmates were injured in the fighting, Smith said. Fifteen of the 32 were directly involved in the assaults, and charges will be filed against them, officials said. The uprising at the privately run Torrance County Detention Facility began after inmates refused to go to their cells for the night, Smith said. Inmates beat and stabbed guards with parts of torn-up furniture from their cells.

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