Romulus (WSYR-TV) - Multiple corrections officers suffered minor injuries in a fight with inmates Sunday evening at the Five Points Correctional Facility in Romulus, Seneca County, according to an official of the officers' union.
The officers' union claims 16 were injured, prison officials say only six were injured.
The incident occurred Sunday evening in the recreation yard, said Mike Dildine, vice president of the New York State Corrections Officers and Police Benevolent Association.
Dildine said officers moved in to break up a fight among four or five inmates. Approximately 25 more inmates joined the melee.
During the melee, a tower officer threw canisters of gas into the fight to break it up. The inmates then complied with orders to lay on the ground. Staff members found no weapons on the prone prisoners.
Among the officers who were taken to Cayuga Medical Center where two of them received treatment.
A total of eight inmates were taken to Southport and Elmira correctional facilities.
The prison is currently in a period of lockdown. Prison officials expect the facility will remain locked down for about five days.
Five Points is a maximum security prison that opened in 2000.