Three officers hurt in riot at prison

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WALLA WALLA — Three correctional officers were taken to a local hospital Tuesday afternoon after a riot, according to Washington State Penitentiary officials.

Shari Hall, public information officer for the penitentiary, said in a news release the assault started at 1:15 p.m. in the prison’s West Complex when “multiple offenders” assaulted officers in one of the common areas. The West Complex, a close-custody unit, houses roughly 800 inmates.

“Other staff members quickly responded and secured the unit within minutes,” Hall stated, adding two of the officers were treated and released.

“One was kept overnight for observation,” Hall said this morning.

“Staff and law enforcement are currently investigating what the motive and cause were of the incident,” Hall said.

Nine inmates have been placed in segregation, according to Hall, and the investigation has been turned over to the Walla Walla Police Department.

The West Complex’s four units are in lockdown, a status that will be reviewed later today.

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