Eight inmates were treated at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge after a Monday night fight at the Morgan County Correctional Facility near Wartburg, officials said.
The Tennessee Department of Correction described the injuries as minor.
“All eight were treated, released, and returned to the facility a short time later,” TDOC said in a statement provided by spokesperson Robert A. Reburn on Tuesday. “Leadership at the facility have enacted measures that restrict the movement of inmates in the involved housing units until the conclusion of the investigation.”
MMC said its Emergency Department received the inmates for about five hours starting Monday night and continuing into early Tuesday.
“We did put in place extra security measures that ensured the safety and care of all our patients,” MMC spokesperson Crystal Jordan said. “It was not a lockdown but rather our security officers controlling access to and from the Emergency Department. Those inmates have since left our facility and those security measures have been discontinued.”
A few Oak Ridge Police Department officers were asked to be on standby near Methodist Medical Center overnight, officials said.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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