LAWTON, Okla. (TNN) - Several prisons across the state, including the Lawton Correctional Facility, are on lockdown because of inmate fights.
Lawton police responded to GEO around 4:30 p.m. Sunday after a fight involving multiple inmates.
Officials say four injured inmates were transported by ambulance to Comanche County Memorial Hospital. A fifth inmate, who was stabbed multiple times, was airlifted to a hospital in Oklahoma City.
According to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, inmates at Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center in Vinita began fighting Saturday.
Then, Sunday, fights between inmates occurred at the Dick Conner Correctional Center in Hominy, North Fork Correction Center in Sayre, William S. Key Correctional Center in Fort Supply, Lawton Correctional Facility and Mack Alford Correctional Center in Stringtown.
More than a dozen inmates have been transported to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. Officials said one inmate at Dick Conner Correctional Center died at the facility.
The prisons where the fights occurred are on lockdown. Inmates identified in the fights are being transferred to other facilities for safety reasons. The agency has also added staff to the above identified facilities to enhance security.
The incident is under investigation and no additional information has been released at this time. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
ORIGINAL STORY: Multiple people have been rushed to the hospital after an apparent fight broke out at the Lawton Correctional Facility.
It happened shortly before 5 p.m.
According to radio traffic at least two people were stabbed at GEO, one in the back of the neck and one in the chest. At least one victim was transferred “emergency status” to Comanche County Memorial Hospital. Survival Flight was also called to transport victims.
At this point it is not clear how many people are injured.
We have reached out to officials with the GEO Group to learn more information but have not yet heard back.
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