Washington State Penitentiary lockdown due to fight continues


WALLA WALLA -- Two units at the Washington State Penitentiary remained locked down today after a major fight among inmates.

Nine corrections officers suffered minor injuries while quelling the fight, which began about 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the entry area of Golf unit, one of four close-custody facilities in the prison's West Complex.

The fight quickly escalated to nearly 50 prisoners, said Shari Hall, prison spokeswoman. The Golf unit and adjacent Fox unit were both locked down. Each unit houses 187 inmates each.

The cause of the fight is still unknown and the incident remains under investigation, Hall said. Prison officials will decide how and when to lift the lockdown after assessing the situation later today.


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