Fight puts Tucson prison on lockdown

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Arizona State Prison Complex Tucson was placed on lockdown following a fight on Thursday afternoon.

The Arizona Department of Corrections said approximately 200 Hispanic and African-American inmates began fighting in the Santa Rita Unit around 5:30 p.m.

Tactical Support Unit teams and on-duty personnel were able to secure the yard and regain control of the unit by 6 p.m.

According to Bill Lamoreaux with the Department of Corrections, two officers were taken to a hospital where they were treated and released. Eleven inmates also were transported for treatment of their injuries. Six of those inmates are still at the hospital in stable condition. The others were treated and returned to the complex.

The Santa Rita Unit remains locked down while the incident is investigated. The unit will not have visitation this weekend. The other units of the complex are slowly returning to normal activities, according to Lamoreaux.

The Arizona State Prison Complex Tucson houses 5,132 inmates. The Santa Rita Unit is home to 727 of those inmates.