An altercation Thursday afternoon involving approximately 10 inmates in Columbia Correctional Institute in Lake City resulted in four being brought to hospitals for treatment.
The Florida Department of Corrections gave few other details about the incident Thursday evening.
“This afternoon, a small group of inmates were involved in an altercation at (CCI). Some inmates involved were transported to outside medical for the treatment of injuries,” DOC said in a statement issues late Thursday afternoon. “The incident is now over. This is all the information we have at this time. We will provide an updated statement as soon as more information is available.”
Communications between ambulances and UF Health Shands Hospital indicate that at least some of the injured were taken to Shands.
DOC said no staff members were injured. The agency did not give any information about the cause of the altercation, where in the prison it occurred and how long it lasted.
It is the second state prison incident in the region in a week. On Sept. 7, 100 inmates were involved an a disturbance in the recreation yard at Hamilton Correctional Institution Annex in Jasper, the Florida Times-Union reported.
DOC spokeswoman Michelle Glady said the Hamilton event was “not a riot” and resulted in no serious injuries.
“During outside recreation, there were approximately 100 inmates on the recreation field when a number of inmates began acting out and became noncompliant,” Glady said in a news release. “Institutional response teams immediately responded, and due to their swift and methodical approach, the situation was brought under control with no injuries to staff or inmates.”
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the death of an inmate at the Apalachee Correctional Institution.
On September 12, Inmate Anthony Spencer, 28, of Palm Beach, was pronounced deceased from an apparent inmate-on-inmate altercation at the prison, according to a statement from the Florida Department of Corrections.
Officials declined to release any other information, "Due to the active investigation and the Federal HIPAA Privacy Rule."
Spencer was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2013 for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He also was sentenced to 5 years in prison for sale, manufacture or delivery of cocaine.