Massive Riot Breaks Out at Kansas Prison — “Buildings Are Burning & Inmates Have Weapons”
A massive prison riot in Norton, Kansas is underway. Early reports say buildings are on fire and some inmates have obtained weapons.
— KSN News Wichita (@KSNNews) September 6, 2017
No injuries have been reported, but the situation is still unfolding.
— KAKE News (@KAKEnews) September 6, 2017
The Norton County Sheriff sent to following text to resident in the area.
“Due to the ongoing incident at Norton Prison, we strongly urge you to pull the keys and lock your vehicles and to lock your house. We will notify you when the situation has been resolved.”
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
State corrections officials confirmed late Tuesday night that a “situation” had developed inside the Norton Correctional Facility. Several callers to KAKE News quoted inmates as calling it a “riot.”
Samir Arif with the Kansas Department of Corrections told KAKE News it was a “situation,” but no further details were immediately available.
The Kansas Department of Corrections website says the Norton facility had a capacity of 835 adult male inmates as of the end of 2013. This included a satellite unit in Stockton.
The Public Employee Union for Kansas Executive Branch Employees sent out this tweet just after 11:00 p.m.