2 People Killed Amid Fighting at U.S. Penitentiary

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Florence, Colo. (AP) Two people are dead and at least five others have been hurt amid fighting at the U.S. penitentiary in Florence.

The fighting broke out about 12:30 p.m. Sunday in the facility's recreation yard.

U.S. attorney for Colorado Troy Eid says authorities believe the fight started when white supremacist inmates acted “proactively” on Adolf Hitler's birthday and targeted minorities.

Bureau of Prisons Spokeswoman Traci Billingsley says no staff members were hurt, but the names of the dead and details on how they died have not been released.

The U.S. penitentiary is one of three prisons in the Florence Federal Correctional Complex.

The federal correctional institution and the administrative maximum U.S. penitentiary -- or “Supermax” -- are also located there.

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