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Inmate Disturbance in Texas Prison

March 7, 1995

DILLEY, Texas (AP) _ Three inmates at a medium-security prison were injured Monday night when racial tensions between black and Hispanic inmates led to fighting in two recreation yards.

The fighting broke out between approximately 800 inmates at the Dolph Briscoe state prison, said David Nunnelee, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

``They broke up concrete storm drains that run underneath the sidewalks, and they used them on each other as well as on the buildings causing some damage as well as a number of broken windows,″ he said.

Three inmates were seriously injured, Nunnelee said.

``What we had was apparently a racial disturbance,″ he said, adding that there had been racial tensions between black and Hispanic inmates throughout the day. ``Earlier this afternoon we had locked down one housing unit to try to calm things down.″

San Antonio television station KENS-TV quoted inmate Jim Gallardo as saying 15 to 20 gunshots, including what he believed were shotgun blasts, could be heard inside the prison. Nunnelee could not confirm if any shots were fired.

Sheriff’s deputies and officers from the Department of Public Safety and the U.S. Border Patrol were called to the prison about 90 miles southwest of San Antonio.

About 1,300 inmates are housed in the prison, KENS reported.

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