- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 15, 2017

MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) - Officials are investigating a fight at the Pike County jail that left five inmates injured with an eye toward filing charges against participants.

Chief Deputy Johnny O. Scott told the Enterprise-Journal (https://bit.ly/2l95ZCF) that the fight started around 6 p.m. Tuesday in a jail wing that houses 24 inmates.

Inmates used makeshift knives as weapons. Two inmates are hospitalized, but are expected to recover. Scott says jail officials are reviewing video footage to determine who was involved, and some inmates could face aggravated assault charges.

“If we’re able to determine who actually started it, we’re going to bring charges against that person and anybody else we can make a case (against),” Scott said.

Sheriff’s investigator Chris Bell said the victims are from Brookhaven and New Orleans, while the perpetrators are from Pike County, and all may have ties to the Gangster Disciples gang. Officials haven’t released the names of inmates involved.

“The fight lasted two minutes,” Scott said. “They got it under control by getting the injured out immediately.”

At least one of the victims transported to the hospital appeared to have been stabbed with a prison shank, while the other appeared to have been beaten and possibly stabbed, he said. Scott described their injuries as “serious.”

A jail nurse examined the other three victims and determined they did not need further medical assistance. Scott said they had cuts, scrapes and bruises.

Corrections officers and patrol deputies cleared the wing. The Mississippi Highway Patrol and Magnolia police helped quash the disturbance.

Scott said half of the inmates in the cellblock were awaiting transfer to a state prison and the other half were awaiting bail on local charges.

Scott said the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation could be asked to join the investigation.


Information from: Enterprise-Journal, https://www.enterprise-journal.com

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