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Inmates in State Prison Uprising

March 7, 1995

DILLEY, Texas (AP) _ Fighting broke out Monday night among inmates at a medium-security prison in South Texas, and a TV station reported gunshots were fired and a person may have been taken hostage.

A state Department of Public Safety spokeswoman declined to confirm if anyone had been hurt, but said ambulances had been dispatched to the Dolph Briscoe state prison, where fighting broke out just before 9 p.m.

``The guards contained the situation to within the prison walls,″ said the spokeswoman, Sherri Deatherage Green.

DPS officers, sheriff’s deputies from two counties and U.S. Border Patrol officers went to the scene, about 90 miles southwest of San Antonio.

``At this point, the DPS has a riot squad standing by,″ Green said.

San Antonio television station KENS-TV quoted a witness as saying 15 to 20 gunshots could be heard coming from the prison.

Inmate Jim Gallardo told the station he heard the gunshots, including what he believed were shotgun blasts.

There were also unconfirmed reports that prison guard uniforms had been stolen inside the facility and that one hostage was being held, the station said.

About 1,300 inmates are housed in the prison, according to the station.

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