A prison riot at the Adams County Correctional Facility in Natchez, Mississippi turned deadly on Sunday when one prison guard was killed and several employees were injured.
According to Adams County Coroner James Lee the 23-year-old guard was killed after suffering “blunt trauma to the head. ”
The long-lasting riot began at 2:40 p.m. and continued late into Sunday night as violent acts were being brought under control by local and state law enforcement with the assistance from the FBI.
Officials at the facility attempted to ensure location residents that they are safe:
“The disturbance is contained within the secure perimeter of the facility, with no threat to public safety.”
The riot led to one inmate and five employees being taken to a local hospital for treatment although the extent of their injuries have not been revealed to the public at this time. Other staff members were being treated by the prisons on-site nurses and doctors.
At this time what led to the riot at the 2,567-bed prison is not known. Adams County Correction Facility houses adult men who are in the United States illegally and have been charged with crimes. The facility is run Tennessee-based Corrections Corporation of America.
Sheriff Chuck Mayfield told the Natchez Democrat that the riot began after a power struggle broke about between the various hierarchies within the prisons inmates.
To secure the area helicopters circled the area while law enforcement officers stood guard alongside various points of access on Highway 84.