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Ind. Prisoners Riot, Four Stabbed

May 9, 1998

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) _ Fighting broke out Saturday in a section of the Indiana State Prison that houses the state’s toughest inmates, leaving four prisoners stabbed.

Two were in critical condition after surgery, prison officials said. The other two were hospitalized in stable condition.

The inmates were stabbed during three separate incidents, all within an hour of the prisoners being taken to the cafeteria for breakfast, said prison spokesman Barry Nothstine.

About 40 prisoners had to be restrained after they ignored guards’ orders to return to their cell house, and a warning shot was fired from a guard tower during the melee, Nothstine said.

Tear gas also was used to subdue the inmates, and several guards were treated for exposure. One guard was treated for abrasions and contusions after he was attacked by several inmates, and another was treated for glass in his eye.

Nothstine said prison officials do not know the motive for the stabbings and have not recovered the weapons prisoners used in the stabbings.

State police will investigate.

All of the prisoners involved in the morning riot were from D cell house.

``Offenders assigned to D cell house have long histories of violence, belong to or are associated with security threat groups, or have a history of drug abuse or selling drugs within the facility,″ a prison statement said.

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