The state prison in Fort Dodge is in “lockdown” mode after a fracas involving two inmates and three prison guards.
Authorities say it all started at about 9:40 Friday night. A 19-year-old inmate serving time for robbery had been uncooperative, so a prison guard started to put him in restraints.
Nicholas James, that’s the inmate’s name, punched the guard in the head. Another guard saw the assault and ran to help.
A 20-year-old inmate known as Dexter No Ear saw what was happening, too, so Mr. No Ear ran up and joined the fight. A third guard who was monitoring video of the prison saw what was happening, notified “Master Control” and ran toward the fight. A short time later more guards arrived and the two inmates were soon placed under higher security.
The three prison guards suffered cuts and bruises on their faces, but their injuries are not life-threatening.
The prison in Fort Dodge is still in lock-down mode. No visitors are being allowed into the prison, either.