NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office says four deputies were injured after breaking up a fight inside the parish jail Tuesday night.
According to Sheriff Daniel Edwards, a fight broke out between multiple inmates in one of the jail’s dorms. Staff members immediately responded and broke up the fight. A short time later, several of the inmates began fighting the staff members. Additional deputies were called to help regain control of the dorm.
Four deputies received minor to moderate injuries during the incident. All four deputies were treated and released.
No inmates were reported injured.
Sheriff Edwards released a statement saying,
“We are investigating the situation now to better determine the root cause and to determine how we can minimize it from happening again. 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.”
TPSO is continuing to investigate the incident.
No charges have been filed at this time but criminal charges on the offenders are believed to be forthcoming.