Leake County Prison Disturbance Results in Injuries

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Walnut Grove, Miss. Officials with a prison management company and the Mississippi Department of Corrections are investigating a disturbance at a facility in the Walnut Grove in Leake County.

Issa Arnita, corporate communications director for Management and Training Corporation, says a fight broke out about 7 p.m. Tuesday in one of the housing units.

Arnita says one correctional officer suffered minor injuries as did several inmates. The number of inmates injured was not released but at least four were taken to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

No other details were released. Arnita says the prison is on lockdown.

Arnita says the incident may be gang-related.

Investigators will review video footage of the incident.

Walnut Grove opened in 2001. It has a housing capacity of 1,461 inmates.

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