Northpoint Training Center returned to normal operations Wednesday afternoon, having been on lockdown since a fight broke out Monday evening. Inmates were enjoying their open yard time. Close to 20 prisoners were involved, and the investigation is still under way.
Lisa Lamb, a Department of Corrections spokesperson, said only minor injuries were sustained, although four inmates were taken to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center for treatment. The most severe of these injuries included a fractured wrist and cuts that required stitches. No employees were injured.
The fight occurred about 6:30 p.m. and was brief. Lamb said routine procedure was followed in breaking up the melee.
"Hearing there were shots fired, that makes it sound really serious. A warning shot was fired in the air, which again is standard procedure. It ended immediately at that point," she said.
"Fortunately the staff acted appropriately and got things settled quickly."
While the cause of the altercation remains to be determined, 14 inmates were immediately identified as involved and subsequently placed in segregation. They have been transferred to other prisons in the state, per standard procedure. Several more were identified as participants in the fight after being interviewed by the warden.