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7 deputies hurt, inmates sprayed during disturbance at Southern California jail

None of the injuries were life-threatening in the disturbance, which officials said was set off when an inmate assaulted a deputy.

LOS ANGELES — Seven Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were hurt and more than 20 inmates were pepper-sprayed after a disturbance at a jail Thursday, officials said.

None of the injuries were described as life-threatening.

Two inmates were taken to a hospital for treatment, the sheriff's department said in a statement.

In all, seven deputies were hurt, six of whom were transported to a hospital for treatment, the sheriff's department said. A sheriff's custody assistant was also injured and taken to a hospital, it said.

An inmate assaulted a deputy during a security check, setting off the incident about 3 p.m. at the North County Correctional Facility in Castaic, the sheriff's department said.

"Multiple inmates in the dorm became involved in the altercation," the department said in a statement, and more deputies were called in. Eventually, around 20 to 25 inmates were pepper-sprayed.

The sheriff's department said deputies first tried to control the situation by using verbal commands before used liquid oleoresin capsicum, which is an irritant.

The jail, one of four in the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic, was under lockdown. The facility is around 35 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

In 2006, a riot at the North County Correctional Facility left one inmate dead and 100 others injured.