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MCI-H locked down after fight Friday

September 07, 2010

A fight Friday night involving 15 inmates resulted in a lockdown at Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown through at least Sunday, a public safety official said Tuesday.

Danielle Lueking, spokeswoman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Communications Office, said several fights between inmates broke out at about 8:45 p.m. Friday in the recreational yard.

Correctional officers who were unable to stop the fighting by shouting, fired a rubber bullet into the ground to break up the inmates, Lueking said.

Seven inmates were treated at the prison for injuries that were not life-threatining, Lueking said. No correctional officers were injured, she said.

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Lueking said an investigation into the incident kept the prison locked down. She was unable to confirm if MCI-H remained on lockdown Tuesday.

As of Tuesday, the cause of the incident had not yet been identified, Lueking said.

-- Kate S. Alexander

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