- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) - Authorities say a warning shot was fired at the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution to break up a series of fights in a recreation yard.

The Oregon Department of Corrections said in a news release that nearly four dozen inmates were fighting Thursday afternoon at the Pendleton prison and refused verbal directives to stop.

Staff then administered pepper spray but when inmates continued fighting, officials say a warning shot was fired into a designated safe area, which stopped the fighting.

Officials say 47 inmates involved in the altercations were placed in special housing. Officials say no injuries were reported.

The prison, which houses 1,600 men, was put on full lockdown and visiting has been canceled until further notice.


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