Towers Jail placed on lockdown after inmate brawl; 1 critically injured

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Towers Jail (Photo courtesy Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) By Jennifer Thomas Towers Jail (Photo courtesy Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX – Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio placed one of his jails on lockdown Sunday night after several inmates were involved in a brawl.

According to sheriff's jail crimes investigators, the fight began over a commissary issue but quickly escalated into a racially divided brawl involving multiple inmates in a general population housing unit in Towers Jail.

Several of the inmates were injured, including a 52-year-old man who is not expected to survive.

Arpaio said the man fell to the ground and lost consciousness after being punched in the face by one or two other inmates. He is in critical condition at St Joseph's Hospital.

Glendale police had arrested the inmate on a felony probation violation in October. His name has not been released.

Investigators are reviewing video and interviewing all involved in the fight to determine who is responsible for the injury to the 52-year-old.

Arpaio said depending on the outcome of that inmate's medical condition, additional charges will be filed against those responsible.

No weapons were found to have been used in the brawl.

The jail is located near Durango Street and 31st Avenue in Phoenix.