November 14, 2008

Penitentiary Brawl Kills 1, Hurts 2

A Canadian maximum security prison in British Columbia was in lockdown Friday after an inmate brawl killed one man and injured two others, officials said.

Fighting broke out Thursday night at the Kent Institution in Agassiz, 90 miles east of Vancouver, spokeswoman Whitney Mullin told the Vancouver Sun.

The facility that houses 225 inmates was under partial lockdown at the time because of a brawl last weekend, the report said.

Mullin said gas was used and a warning shot was fired to quell Thursday night's fighting.

One prisoner was stabbed to death. He was serving a 10-year sentence for robbery and had been at the prison since 2004, the report said.

The two injured inmates were hospitalized in stable condition, a release said.

Mullin wouldn't speculate on what has heightened tensions in the prison in recent days, but said corrections officials were in no rush to lift the lockdown.

"At this point, the institution will remain locked down until the management team feels assured that it is safe to return to normal routine," she told the Sun.