Tucson prison complex remains in lockdown following inmate fight

CREATED Mar 3, 2013 - UPDATED: Mar 4, 2013

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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The Arizona State Prison Complex in Tucson continues to be in lockdown following a fight involving about 400 inmates that broke out around 9:45 a.m. Sunday morning. 

"We had every available staff member on the unit, and we have other staff from other units that responded, good response from all staff," said Daniella Stemple, the deputy warden with the Whetstone Unit.

The brawl injured more than a dozen people and the Department of Corrections said the lockdown could be in place for several days as authorities investigate what triggered the brawl.

Bill Lamoreaux with the Arizona Department of Corrections told KGUN9 that the officers within the prison broke up the fight and are working to assess why the fight started. 

Capt. Barrett Baker with the Tucson Fire Department says emergency medical personnel transported two people to local hospitals. 

In all, 17 inmates including two staff members were transported to be treated for non-life threatening injuries. Lamoreaux said other inmates were treated on-site.

As of Monday morning, two of the inmates remain at the hospital.