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Texas Prison Brawl Quelled

January 30, 2001

DILLEY, Texas (AP) _ Inmates rioted for more than 2 1/2 hours in a state prison cafeteria Tuesday morning before being subdued with tear gas.

The breakfast brawl involving between 125 to 150 inmates broke out at 3:47 a.m. at the Dolph Briscoe Unit near Dilley, about 60 miles southwest of San Antonio.

About 50 prisoners took their fight from the eating area into the kitchen, where some threw metal dishes, said Larry Todd, spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

The cause of the disturbance had not been determined.

Several inmates suffered cuts and bruises; no prison employees were injured, Todd said.

The unit food service manager locked himself in the kitchen office during the fighting and kept the warden informed by telephone. Guards wearing riot gear began to subdue the inmates around 6 a.m.

The inmates involved were considered medium-security prisoners. A section of the prison that holds about 250 such inmates was locked down Tuesday.

The Briscoe Unit is a medium-to minimum-security facility that holds about 1,300 inmates.

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