Four Dead After 'Disturbance' at Oklahoma Prison

by Tim Stelloh /  / Updated 
Men wait outside the Cimarron Correctional Facility, in Cushing, Oklahoma, were a prison riot occurred Tuesday, March 22, 2005, leaving one inmate dead, another inmate is listed in critical condition, plus others also injured. (
Men wait outside the Cimarron Correctional Facility, in Cushing, Oklahoma, were a prison riot occurred Tuesday, March 22, 2005, leaving one inmate dead, another inmate is listed in critical condition, plus others also injured. (David McDaniel / THE OKLAHOMAN via AP File

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A "disturbance" at an Oklahoma prison Saturday afternoon left four inmates dead and several more hospitalized, officials said Sunday.

The brawl, at Cimarron Correctional Facility, started and ended at around 5 p.m. (6 p.m. ET), officials said.

"Yesterday's inmate-on-inmate altercation lasted less than two minutes with staff responding very quickly to quell the disturbance," the Oklahoma Department of Corrections said in a statement Sunday.

But it took prison staff another 38 minutes to secure the single housing area where the killings took place, officials said.

The facility, which is operated by the Corrections Corporation of America, houses 1,720 medium- and maximum-security male inmates.

The prison was on lock down Sunday while officials investigated, a release said, and three inmates remained in local hospitals in stable condition.

Officials have not released the names of the inmates involved.

Men wait outside the Cimarron Correctional Facility, in Cushing, Oklahoma, were a prison riot occurred Tuesday, March 22, 2005, leaving one inmate dead, another inmate is listed in critical condition, plus others also injured. (
Men wait outside the Cimarron Correctional Facility, in Cushing, Oklahoma, were a prison riot occurred Tuesday, March 22, 2005, leaving one inmate dead, another inmate is listed in critical condition, plus others also injured. (David McDaniel / THE OKLAHOMAN via AP File

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