Fire and riot break out at Bryan Co. Jail

By: Allison Harris Email
By: Allison Harris Email

DURANT, OKLAHOMA -- A fire and riot broke out at the Bryan County jail Sunday night.

Sheriff Ken Golden says around 8:30, 43 inmates, in one cell, lit a fire in a trash can and began rioting.

Durant, Choctaw and Chickasaw special response teams responded to stop the riot, while firefighters put an extinguisher through the cell's food hole to put out the fire.

Golden says the riot is a result of overcrowding in the jail and poor building design.

"Tomorrow, I'm going to contact the health department, the jail inspector's office, let them know what our situation is: that we are overcrowded at this time. Let them know that it appears it's going to be staying that way," Golden said.

Golden says the jail is more than 20 inmates over capacity due to the Department of Corrections reassigning inmates to their facility.

Golden says they also don't have enough people staffing the jail due to budget restraints.

No one was injured in the riot.

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