Officials were not releasing the name of the deceased inmate or the injured Tuesday pending notification of the next of kin. One inmate was treated, released and brought back to the Hinds County Detention Center, Sheriff Tyrone Lewis said.
The fight started around 5 p.m. and came after an earlier fight about noon, Chief Jail Administrator Dianne Gatson-Riley said.
Ambulances came in and out throughout the evening, picking up inmates with injuries from the fight.
Gatson-Riley told The Clarion-Ledger that the injured inmates were brought by other inmates to the pod door to be taken out for medical treatment.
Sheriff’s Department spokesman Othor (OH-thohr) Cain told The Associated Press that officials would have a statement later Tuesday. He said for now the incident is under investigation. Cain said the jail was calm early Tuesday.
The incident was considered contained by around 11:45 p.m., after SWAT teams entered the pods and met with no resistance. Lewis said he felt like there was always some control over the situation.
“In our assessment Pod A was never out of control. We always had it contained,” Lewis said. “We were just making sure we could get in in a safe manner.”
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has been called in to do an independent probe into what happened inside the jail, Lewis said.
“We asked for an independent investigation as well,” Lewis said. “We will make that report available as soon as it’s possible.”