Six inmates at Arkansas prison take control of unit

By Ray Downs  |  Updated Aug. 8, 2017 at 2:25 AM
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Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Six inmates at an Arkansas prison stole keys from guards and took control of an area of the prison, where they kept three guards confined, state authorities said. But the incident was eventually resolved without "major injuries."

Arkansas Department of Corrections spokesman Solomon Graves said the inmates grabbed the keys during a recreation call at the Maximum Security Unit in Tucker, Ark. The inmates held three correctional officers in the area they controlled for several hours but have so far released two, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.

According to the Arkansas Times, state police were on the scene and prison officials were in contact with the involved inmates.

The inmates eventually released the three guards. Shortly after, the inmates in control of the area.

"The Maximum Security Unit will now begin the process of returning to normal operation," Graves said.

This marks the second time in less than a month that inmates at the Tucker Maximum Security Unit were able to take control of their situation. On July 22, three inmates escaped from individual holding pens and attacked two guards and a fellow inmate after the breakout.

"The two officers were assaulted by other inmates who were attempting [to] flee the recreation area. During the incident, at least one other inmate gained access to a secured recreation pen and assaulted another inmate," Graves said at the time.

The inmates were eventually returned to confinement.

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