Three inmates were killed and five others injured after a riot broke out in a prison in central Oklahoma, United States, the NewYork Times reported. Steve Owen, a spokesman for Corrections Corporation of America, the private company that owns and operates the Cimarron Correctional Facility in Cushing, Okla., said that prison guards “quelled an inmate disturbance” in one of the facility’s housing pods shortly after 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
“The disturbance was inmate-on-inmate,” Mr. Owen said in an email. “No lethal force was used by staff.”
No members of the prison staff were injured in the episode, which lasted about 40 minutes, Mr. Owen said in a statement. The condition of the injured inmates was not immediately clear, and officials said the identities of the deceased would not be released until their next of kin had been notified.
The prison was on lockdown Saturday night for the second time in recent months, officials said. It was locked down for several weeks after a large fight in June resulted in 11 inmates being sent to the hospital with injuries, said Alex Gerszewski, a spokesman for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.
“It was an altercation between inmates at that facility,” he said of the episode in June. “It is currently under investigation.”