February 26, 2009 in Region

30 gang members fight at Walla Walla prison

Associated Press

WALLA WALLA — Thirty prisoners fought each other at the Washington state Penitentiary’s new West Complex for gang members.

The prison says the 23 who fought Wednesday and seven who were indirectly involved are all members of the Norteno and Sureno gangs, Hispanic gangs from California.

Guards broke up the fight in two minutes, and three had minor injuries. No inmates were seriously injured.

The 30 have been segregated while the Department of Corrections and Walla Walla police investigate.

Superintendent Steve Sinclair says the fight broke out when offenders who don’t normally have contact with each other were being moved.

The Corrections Department sends gang members from other prisons to Walla Walla for special management.

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