Federal prison guards shoot inmate in Indiana

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Federal prison guards shot at least one inmate while breaking up a fight yesterday at the U.S. Penitentiary. A second inmate was hospitalized with unspecified injuries.

 “Two inmates were transported to the local hospital for treatment of their injuries with one inmate sustaining a gunshot wound,” prison spokeswoman Hattie Sims said, adding that the fight began shortly after 8 a.m. 

 Sims said she had no information on the condition of the injured inmates. 

 “We are secure here,” she said. “The public is not at risk.” 

 The prison, about 70 miles west of Indianapolis, was placed on lockdown, Sims said. 

The fight broke out in the recreation yard. When the combatants failed to stop, “shots were fired by institution staff to prevent the possible loss of life,” Sims said.

No guards were injured, she said.

The Terre Haute prison is the only place in the nation housing federal death row inmates and the only place where they are executed. Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was put to death at the prison in 2001 for the 1995 bombing that killed 168 people.

Current inmates include American-born Taliban soldier John Walker Lindh, who is serving a 20-year sentence for aiding the Islamic militants in Afghanistan.

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