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At least 12 hurt in riot at Folsom prison

September 19, 2012 |  6:59 pm

At least a dozen inmates were hurt during a melee at Folsom state prison Wednesday,

One inmate was shot while officers subdued during the incident. The inmate was being treated at a hospital along with at least 11 others with stab and slash wounds.

The disturbance started at 11:17 a.m. in a maximum-security yard at California State Prison-Sacramento, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. One officer opened fire with a rifle, wounding an inmate.

No officers or prison staff have been reported injured so far.

A dozen ambulances and two fire engines were sent to the prison, said Michelle Eidam, a spokeswoman for the Sacramento Metro Fire District.

The prison houses 2,658 inmates and is adjacent to Folsom State Prison. It was unclear what started the disturbance, said Lt. Tony Quinn, a spokesman at the prison. Authorities said more information will be released later.

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-- Chris Megerian in Sacramento
twitter.com/chrismegerian

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