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Prison on lockdown following inmate fight

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Posted at 5:54 PM, Jul 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-21 19:54:58-04

The Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison in Pendleton, Oregon, is on lockdown following a fight Thursday afternoon involving at least 47 inmates.

About 2:30 p.m, several inmates engaged in a series of fights on a recreation yard, according to an EOCI news release. “The inmates refused verbal directives to stop fighting, at which time staff administered pepper spray. The inmates continued fighting and a warning shot was fired into a designated safe area. Upon the warning shot, the inmates stopped fighting,’ the release stated.

A total of 47 inmates were placed in special housing for their involvement in the altercations. There were no injuries reported.

The institution remains on full lockdown, and visiting is canceled until further notice, the release said.

An investigation is being conducted to determine the cause of the fight.