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Alabama prison warden, guard stabbed during riot

By Marilyn Malara   |   March 12, 2016 at 1:21 PM

ATMORE, Ala., March 12 (UPI) -- An Alabama prison warden and a prison guard were stabbed during an overnight riot at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility.

The prison was on lock-down Saturday morning after at least 100 inmates took part in a disturbance beginning Friday night at 9:15 p.m..

The initial assault on a correctional officer happened when he attempted to break up a fight between two inmates. He was stabbed nine times, AL.com reported.

The warden was stabbed shortly after attending to the incident. Neither sustained life-threatening injuries.

Investigators said inmates gained access to a hallway outside of the prison's housing unit and ignited a fire. Three Corrections Emergency Response Teams were ordered to the prison to detain the inmates and secure the surrounding area.

Other law enforcement agencies including local police, the Escambia County Sheriff's Office and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency responded to the scene.

Several inmates alerted social media and posted photos of the disturbance using unauthorized Internet-connected devices during the incident.

The Alabama Department of Corrections has ordered the prison to remain in lock-down until it completes its investigation, WHNT News reported. Officials are reportedly searching for illegal cell phones and contraband.

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