A fight between two inmates Tuesday morning at a Northern Nevada prison spurred a guard-involved shooting that left three inmates wounded, according to the Nevada Department of Corrections.
The fight broke out about 8 a.m. Tuesday in the general population yard at Lovelock Correctional Center, the department of corrections wrote in a release Tuesday evening. Two inmates were fighting and ignored guards’ repeated demands to stop fighting.
Two gun post officers fired a blank “popper” round before “skipping” three live rounds into the fighting inmates. A third popper round was fired before more jail staff responded and were able to separate the fighting inmates, the release said.
The general population of the corrections facility was recalled and put on lockdown.
Correctional center medical staff assessed and treated the two inmates who were fighting and a third inmate who was hit by two pellets.
“None of their injuries required outside medical attention,” the corrections department said in the release.
The lockdown was lifted about 11:30 a.m. Further details about the circumstances of the fight and the extent of the inmates’ injuries were not immediately available.