Los Angeles County Jail in downtown Los Angeles. Photo by John Schreiber.
Los Angeles County Jail in downtown Los Angeles. Photo by John Schreiber.

A fight involving about 80 inmates broke out Wednesday inside the Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles, prompting a lockdown of the facility and leaving four inmates injured.

The disturbance occurred around 12:30 p.m. at the jail, 441 E. Bauchet St., according to Deputy Ryan Rouzan of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau. It was not immediately known what precipitated the fight.

The jail was placed on lockdown, along with the adjacent Twin Towers jail, while deputies restored order.

Rouzan said there were 80 people in the dormitory where the fight broke out. He said it will take further investigation to determine exactly how many took an active role in the melee.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics set up a triage area in the rear of the jail, with initial reports suggesting as many as six people had been critically injured. Once the scene was cleared, only four inmates were treated on the scene, and despite earlier reports, none were taken to hospitals, according to sheriff’s Deputy Amber Smith.

“One stabbing victim refused an offer to go to the hospital. His wounds were not severe,” Smith said.

Three other inmates suffered superficial wounds.

The disturbance itself was brought under control in 10 minutes, Smith said.

The inmates in the dormitory where the fight began remained on lockdown late this afternoon and investigators were trying to determine what led to the melee.

— City News Service

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