Four deputies injured in fight at Tangipahoa jail; investigation underway

Four deputies injured in fight at Tangipahoa jail; investigation underway
(Source: WAFB)

AMITE, LA (WAFB) - Officials are investigating a fight that place at the Tangipahoa Parish jail Tuesday night.

According to Sheriff Daniel Edwards, four deputies received minor injuries as a result of the incident.

Tuesday, April 17, officials say tempers flared up in a dorm that housed multiple offenders and quickly escalated into a fight between a “handful of inmates,” deputies say.

TPSO Corrections staff immediately responded and diffused the situation. Moments later, deputies say several offenders turned on corrections staff, resulting in four deputies receiving minor to moderate injuries. Additional deputies responded and assisted in neutralizing the situation. According to TPSO, no offenders were injured during the fight.

"We are investigating the situation now to better determine the root cause and to determine how we can minimize it from happening again," Edwards says. “Our primary goal is safety - the safety of our staff and detainees. Our facility houses some offenders who have a history of violence both on the street and behind bars, a dangerous situation for deputies trying to restore order,” he continued. All four deputies were treated for their injuries and released.

A full investigation in underway. No charges have been filed at this time, however criminal charges on offenders are believed to be forthcoming as the investigation continues.

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