Detainee cut in fight that erupts on jail van

March 16, 2007|By Gus G. Sentementes

A fight that broke out among detainees on a transport van at the Baltimore City Detention Center was brought under control by a an elite response team of correctional officers who happened to be gathered across the street.

The team of about a dozen officers was outside Supermax, a maximum-security prison in the 400 block of E. Madison St., when the fight began shortly before 4 p.m. yesterday.

A van returning from court with five detainees entered the gate at the detention center. Once the van was inside, two detainees in the vehicle began fighting, according to Barbara Cooper, a spokeswoman for the city detention center. One detainee cut the other with an unspecified weapon, Cooper said.

The response team - a unit of the Maryland Division of Correction - rushed into the detention center compound to help other correctional officers. Maj. Priscilla Doggett, a DOC spokeswoman, said the team was on assignment at Supermax.

One detainee was treated for cuts at the jail clinic, Cooper said. The names of the detainees involved in the fight were not available.

"The whole matter is under investigation," Cooper said.

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