Authorities are investigating an incident involving prisoners and guards at the Cimarron Correctional Facility in Cushing from Tuesday night.
It happened around 9 p.m. Investigators say an inmate refused to comply with orders and a guard responded with pepper spray. A melee ensued, involving several other inmates assaulting the guard and other guards who rushed in to help.
According to a release issued by the facility, five guards were taken to a local hospital where they were treated and released for non-life threatening injuries suffered in the brawl. No inmates were reported injured.
The Oklahoma Department of Corrections (DOC) is investigating the incident.
The Cimarron Correctional Facility is privately owned and operated by CoreCivic.
The following is a statement from CoreCivic:
CoreCivic is fully cooperating with the investigation being conducted by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections Office of Inspector General.
The following is a statement from the DOC:
On May 16, 2017 around 9:00 p.m. an inmate at the Cimarron Correctional Facility refused to comply with orders, and a correctional officer deployed pepper spray. Several inmates assaulted the officer, and other correctional officers who responded to assist. The incident quickly came to an end when more pepper spray was deployed.
Five staff members were injured, and taken to a nearby hospital where they were treated and released for their injuries, no inmates were injured.
The incident is currently under investigation by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections Office of Inspector General. The Cimarron Correctional Facility is a private prison owned and operated by CoreCivic.