At least one inmate stabbed in riot at Los Angeles jail: police

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 03, 2015 5:16 PM

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An inmate was stabbed in a riot at a downtown Los Angeles jail on Wednesday and three others had superficial wounds, a sheriff's spokeswoman said.

The riot at Men's Central Jail lasted about 10 minutes and the facility was placed on lockdown, said Nicole Nishida, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, which operates the facility.

Nishida said she had no information on the condition of the inmate who was stabbed.

Local television station KTLA showed helicopter video footage of firefighters setting up colored tarps on the ground just outside the jail to triage wounded patients who might be brought to the site. No patients were on the tarps.

Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart told the station that 59 firefighters and 13 ambulances were sent to the jail to provide medical assistance.

Stewart had earlier confirmed to Reuters there were multiple injuries at the jail, but she could not say how many.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Eric Walsh)