Six Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies and two inmates at the jail were hospitalized Thursday after an altercation at the jail, resulting in a harsh response from law enforcement to the facility.
Sheriff Dertment told Acesparks that one lawmaker was assaulted by a prisoner as deputies conducted a security check at the Pitchess Jail in Northern County, Northern District, at around 3:05 p.m.
As the conflict escalated, many inmates joined the scandal before additional deputies responded. A pepper spray was used to aggravate the situation after orders to stop were issued, officials said.
About 20 to 25 inmates were exposed to the chemical. Seven deputies and a prison aide were injured. Six deputies, a prison assistant and two inmates were taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries and the facility was locked.
The exact type of injuries received was not disclosed. Acesparks has contacted the Los Angeles County Fire Safety Department several times, but has not been notified. Prison officials declined to comment.
North Prison is one of the four prisons that make up Peter J. Pitchess Prison.