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Officers released in inmate take-over at Tucker maximum security unit

The Arkansas Dept. of Correction says three correctional officers were in the area where the inmates had control of the keys and doors. (KATV Photo)

The Arkansas Department of Correction says all correctional officers have been released and the disturbance has been resolved after six inmates took keys from authorities at the maximum security unit in Tucker on Monday afternoon.

One inmate, who authorities say was not involved in the initial disturbance, sustained injuries that staff at the infirmary were not able to treat and was transported to a local hospital in stable condition.

ADC spokesperson Solomon Graves says the officers merely sustained scrapes, bruises and minor injuries in the disturbance.

The situation began at 3:30 p.m. when the inmates overpowered two officers. They took control of keys and doors in the area, where those officers and another guard were located.

State Police were on scene to investigate any crimes that occurred leading up to the situation.

At 6:10 p.m., authorities say they were in talks with the inmates involved in the situation and it was moving in a positive direction.

The disturbance resolved at 6:45 p.m. when the inmates surrendered to departmental staff. Graves says the inmates are being housed in the Varner SuperMax, and the Tucker prison has returned to normal operations.

Graves states a critical incident investigation will be opened up by ADC Director Wendy Kelley and the Board of Corrections. No motive to the disturbance has been released at this time.

"Our correctional officers are no different than law enforcement in every community across the state," Graves said. "They come to work and they do a hard job. Today is indicative of the inherent dangers of their work, but our staff performed admirably today."

Just last month, two guards and an inmate were attacked in a solitary confinement area of the prison when at least two inmates escaped their cells and shots were fired.

The prison is a maximum security unit off of Highway 15 in Jefferson County.

According to the Department of Correction's website, the unit capacity is 532 and it employs 295 people.


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