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Officials downplay 'riot' at Kingman prison on Monday

Seven injured in fight, none serious

KINGMAN - The Cerbat unit of the Arizona State Prison-Kingman was on lockdown Tuesday following an incident on Memorial Day.

Carl Stuart, spokesperson for Management and Training Corporation, which operates the prison, said a fight broke out among inmates in the east yard of the minimum security Cerbat unit around 1 p.m. Monday. He said it is unclear how many inmates were actually involved in the fight since the vast majority were simply spectators.

The fight lasted nearly 45 minutes and was between black and white inmates, according to Barrett Marson, director of communications for Arizona State Prison. Some of the inmates used padlocks wrapped in socks as weapons.

Eight inmates were taken to the hospital following the fight. Seven were observed and released, while an eighth inmate was treated for a condition unrelated to the fight. No staff members or guards were injured, according to Stuart.

Officials are still investigating what caused the altercation to break out. Stuart said the lockdown was a precautionary measure and would last indefinitely. Inmates in the Hualapai unit were on restrictive movement, meaning that all non-essential activities, such as rehabilitation classes, were temporarily suspended.

Those interested in the status of inmates may contact the prison at (928) 565-2460, ext. 2218 or 2227.