Miss. Prison Riot Leaves Guard Dead, 8 Hurt

By: AP
By: AP

BRANDON, Miss. (AP) -- Authorities say a riot at a privately run federal prison in southwest Mississippi that left one guard dead and five other correctional officers and three inmates injured has been brought under control.

Prison spokeswoman Emilee Beach said the uprising at the Adams County facility ended late Sunday night, hours after it started.

Adams County Sheriff Chuck Mayfield said in a statement early Monday that there were at least two dozen hostages being held at one time. He said prison personnel have "gained total control" of the complex.

Coroner James Lee confirmed that a prison guard died, but he said he could not provide any other details.

Beach said the prison, owned and operated by Corrections Corp. of America, holds illegal immigrants, most for charges of re-entering the United States after being deported.

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