Prison guards emptied their weapons from three watchtowers in efforts to stop a massive fight sparked by white supremacist inmates at a Florence prison Sunday, according to a state lawmaker with sources inside the facility.
Two inmates killed in the fighting died of gunshots, indicating they were shot by guards, said Rep. Buffie McFadyen, a Democrat from Pueblo West. McFadyen, however, emphasized her information was "unofficial."
"I'm hearing three towers might have emptied their ammunition; that doesn't mean those (shots) all went on (prison) yard, and they could have been lethal or non-lethal," McFadyen said. "If each tower has 120 rounds, you empty three, you're looking at closer to 360 rounds."
U.S. Bureau of Prisons officials released no additional information this morning, and a spokeswoman wouldn't comment on McFadyen's statements.
As many as 100 inmates were involved, and five were transported to local hospitals with injuries. No staff members were injured, according to Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman Traci Billingsley.
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