Disturbance at Kansas prison draws multiple agencies
All of the town's firetrucks and the entire police department responded to the scene to assist
NORTON, Kan. — The Kansas Department of Corrections has confirmed that an inmate disturbance occurred at a state prison in western Kansas and that local law enforcement officers are on the scene.
Department spokesman Samir Arif provided no other details about the disturbance Tuesday night at the Norton Correctional Facility.
Norton City Administrator Chad Buckley says all of the town's firetrucks and his entire police department responded to the scene to assist corrections officials.
The Norton prison housed 848 inmates as of Friday, with another 125 at a satellite unit in Stockton, to the east. Most of the inmates are either "low" medium-security inmates or minimum-security inmates. The prison is about 320 miles west of Kansas City.
The state saw multiple inmate disturbances in recent months at its maximum-security prison in El Dorado in southern Kansas.
UPDATE ON NORTON PRISON INCIDENT: Sheriff's Department just sent out this text message to people living in the area near the prison. pic.twitter.com/99me3Dyw7o— Brooke Lennington (@BrookeKSNT) September 6, 2017