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ODOC: Prison fight leaves seven inmates injured

North Fork Correctional Center in Sayre, OK (OK.GOV)

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is investigating an inmate fight that occurred on Friday.

Staff members at the North Fork Correctional Center reported that at approximately 7:30 p.m. they saw a group of inmates start a verbal fight with a second group of inmates. The incident turned physical and homemade weapons were used by one of the groups.

The staff members say they were able to contain the altercation quickly and lock down the facility.

"This was a significant incident, and due to the quick actions of our staff the situation was quickly contained", said ODOC Director Joe M. Allbaugh. "Our staff members do the best they can when it comes to properly securing our facilities. It's a difficult task we ask of them, because agency wide we have correctional officer (CO) staffing shortages."

According to ODOC Director of Communications Mark Myers, seven inmates were injured in the incident, Six prisoners were taken to a medical facility in Elk city. One prisoner was taken via helicopter to a medical facility in Oklahoma City.

There were no injuries to any of the North Fork staff members.

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