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Brawl erupts after flooding causes power outage at Texas state prison

May 30, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Brawl erupts after flooding causes power outage at Texas state prison (Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

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A brawl erupted among Inmates at a Texas state prison on Saturday night after flooding caused a power outage, authorities said.

According to KBTX, multiple police agencies responded around 10 p.m. to the Navasota detention center after flooding at the Luther Unit, which houses about 1,300 prisoners, led to mechanical problems with the generators and causing the power outage.

Prison officials said after the power went out; the melee erupted among inmates and correctional officers after several offenders “refused to comply with orders” to return to their housing areas.

Jason Clark, a TDCJ spokesman, said officers were forced to use chemical agents during the fracas to incapacitate the unruly inmates.

Around fifty prisoners were involved in the altercation, some of whom had to be transported to the hospital, said Clark, who also reported that no officers were injured.

About a dozen law enforcement officials from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Waller County, and Grimes County, had to secure the perimeter of the prison and provided lighting, as a “precautionary measure” due to the power outage, Clark said.

Additional TDCJ staff from the JW Hamilton and Wallace Pack units and the agency’s regional office also responded to Luther Unit.

Grimes County Sheriff Don Sowell said tensions arose when the generators failed, which may have exacerbated the situation.

“I don’t know if that compounded frustrations, that they didn’t have any power or TV or what, that’s what some of them were talking about,” said Sowell, who remained on the scene until 1:30 a.m., the Houston Chronicle reported.

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