Arkansas inmates snatch keys, take control of part of prison

August 07, 2017 - 6:23 pm

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Six inmates have snatched keys from three correctional officers at a maximum security prison in Arkansas and are holding the officers in an area where the prisoners now control the keys and the doors.

The Arkansas Department of Correction said Monday in a statement that the inmates took the keys during recreation call at the Tucker Unit prison, 30 miles southeast of Little Rock.

A spokesman for the department had not further details. The department said its emergency response teams area on the scene. An Arkansas State Police spokesman said troopers were at the scene, but had not been asked to enter the prison.

Last month, a guard fired three warning shots at the same prison after two guards and an inmate were attacked in a solitary confinement area.

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