Major Calipatria Prison Brawl Maims 13


Calipatria State Prison

CALIPATRIA,  — Authorities say a brawl involving hundreds of inmates at a California prison injured 13 people before it was quelled.

A state corrections department statement says 290 inmates began brawling at around 10:15 a.m. Tuesday at Calipatria State Prison.

The violence occurred in the yard of a maximum-security area.

Guards used warning shots, pepper spray and foam-tipped rubber bullets to break up the fight in about 10 minutes. Some homemade stabbing weapons were found.

Thirteen inmates were hurt, including seven who were treated at the hospital but authorities say the injuries weren’t life-threatening.

No prison employees were hurt in the brawl but authorities say two were treated for heat-related problems due to an outside temperature that hit 108 degrees.

There’s no word on what sparked the violence.