Officers hurt in pen fight

A fight Saturday night between inmates injured four correctional officers and led to restrictions.


WALLA WALLA -- The Washington State Penitentiary's West Complex remained on lockdown today after a weekend fight between inmates that injured four correctional officers.

The four officers were hurt while breaking up the fight Saturday night. All four were treated and released after being taken to a local hospital.

In a release, Shari Hall, prison spokeswoman, said the fight involved two prisoners who had "handmade sharpened weapons." Both men have been placed in segregation, where they will be interviewed by prison investigators and local law enforcement.

The assault occurred about 7:40 p.m. in the commons area of Echo unit. Delta, Echo, Fox and Golf are the four close-custody living units in the West Complex that house high-risk prisoners.

All West Complex activities, including visiting, were canceled for the weekend. The lockdown will not affect scheduled activities for the rest of the facility.

Hall said Sunday prison officials do not believe this fight is related to an assault last week involving two prisoners in a different unit in which one inmate was stabbed. That assault occurred Tuesday night.

All four units were locked down after the Tuesday assault, but three units had returned to normal operations Saturday with only Delta unit remaining on lockdown.

Andy Porter can be reached at or 526-8318.


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