Faculty staff, local and state law enforcement, and officials from the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) are currently in an ongoing violent dispute with prisoners at Adams County Correctional Facility in Natchez, MS, that has left at least one officer dead and several injured, reports WLBT.
The riot began at approximately 2:40 p.m. and according to law enforcement, the prison has been secured both internally and externally as much as possible.
According to WLBT, five employees have been transported to local hospitals for treatment of injuries. Additional injured staff are being treated onsite and one inmate has been transported to a hospital for treatment.
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A Special Operations Response Team (SORT) has been activated, along with the presence of the Adams County Sheriff’s Department and Mississippi State Highway Patrol.
The prison is owned and operated by Corrections Corporations of America (CCA) and houses up to 2,567 adult male criminal immigrants.
Newsone spoke exclusively with an eyewitness on the ground, who says that helicopters are now circling the area, including a Air Evac Lifeteam chopper, and that law enforcement officers can be seen posted at various points on Mississippi’s Highway 84. There have also been reports of smoke being seen wafting from the building.
Adams County Coroner James Lee confirmed the guard’s death to the local newspaper, saying that the “situation is very high tension out there right now.”
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