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Utah State Prison on lockdown after three inmates injured in fight

Posted at 9:30 PM, Jan 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-11 16:22:56-05

DRAPER, Utah - Three inmates were transported to hospitals after a fight at the Utah State Prison Wednesday night.

Maria Peterson, a spokeswoman for the Utah Department of Corrections, said a fight broke out in the Uinta Facility, a maximum security area within the prison.

According to a statement from the Utah Department of Corrections, eight inmates initiated a fight in the day room of a section in the Uinta facility designated for gang-affiliated inmates.

"The fight involved the use of inmate-manufactured weapons, which were recovered by staff following the altercation," the statement said.

Three inmates suffered injuries that required transportation to hospitals.

Two were transported by ambulance while one was taken by a helicopter.

All three are in stable condition, the statement said.

Authorities did not provide specific details regarding the nature and extent of the injuries.

The inmates' names have not been released pending an investigation by the Utah Department of Corrections' Law Enforcement Bureau and the Unified Police Department.

No staff members were injured.

The Department of Corrections has placed both the Utah State Prison and the Central Utah Correctional Facility on lockdown for the investigation.

The prison's Uinta facility houses about 650 male inmates. The Uinta facility also houses the prison's Intake, Receiving and Orientation areas and the Parole Violator Program.