6:32 PM: Four San Quentin State Prison inmates injured in a melee this morning are being treated for non-life threatening injuries at an outside hospital this afternoon, a prison spokesman said.
Between 150 and 200 inmates were involved in the large-scale riot involving weapons at the Badger Section Reception Center’s exercise yard around 11:30 a.m., Sgt. Gabe Walters said.
Prison staff used chemical agents, non-lethal and lethal force to quell the incident, Walters said.
Inmates that suffered more severe injuries were taken to local hospitals by ambulances and state vehicles, Walters said.
Several inmates were slashed and or stabbed multiple times during the incident and the conditions of the four inmates still being treated for non-life-threatening injuries is unknown, Walters said.
No prison staff were injured and the prison is on a modified program pending further investigation of the incident, Walters said.
The prison was not locked down but inmates were returned to their housing units until an appropriate level of program safety and movement is determined, Walters said.
The prison currently houses 4,113 inmates, including those on Death Row, and employs nearly 1,700 people.
James Lanaras, Bay City News
1:41 PM: A melee involving 150 to 200 San Quentin State Prison inmates this morning sent one inmate to a hospital, a prison spokesman said.
The “large-scale incident” began around 11:30 a.m. in an exercise yard in the prison’s reception center, prison Sgt. Gabe Walters said.
He could not say what started the fight, but said several inmates were injured and one was taken to an outside hospital.
None of the injuries were considered life-threatening, and no guards were hurt, he said.
The prison is not in lockdown this afternoon, but rather on a modified program in which inmates have been sent back to their cells as the situation is assessed, Walters said.
The fight is still being investigated, he said.