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Riot at Boyd County jail leads to relocation of 70 jail inmates
By kentucky.com- Trey Crumbie
Published: 08/22/2017

About 70 jail inmates had to be relocated following a Saturday night riot at the Boyd County jail.

The riot happened at about 11:30 p.m., according to a press release on the jail’s Facebook page. Ten maximum security inmates, all of whom had violent charges including murder, attempted murder, robbery and assault fought with two deputy jailers at the jail, forcing the deputies to retreat. The deputies could not close the cell door before the inmates forced their way out, but the inmates were still contained in a secure hallway. While in the hallway, the inmates stacked blankets, mail and other flammable items against the entry doors and set them on fire, the release stated.

Additional deputy jailers, police officers, EMS, and fire personnel were called to assist. A planned entry was made into the hallway where the riot was. The fires were extinguished and deputy jailers were able to regain control of the inmates, who were restrained and removed from the area, the release read.

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