Jail locked down after inmate wields mop handle

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Marion County Jail went into lockdown Thursday.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office reported a “disturbance created by a number of inmates.” Those inmates “refused” to return to their cell(s) after outdoor exercise, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

According to the release, the disturbance began shortly before 2 p.m. As many as eight inmates were returning to their cells from the exercise yard when one inmate “was spotted trying to tamper with the exercise security door by placing something in the door jamb.”

Inmates where then ordered to their cells, but at least some of them instead “started verbally challenging the deputies,” the sheriff’s office reports. “At one point, an inmate armed himself with the handle from a mop and began advancing on the deputies.”

Deputies threatened the use of an electronic stun gun. The inmate then “surrendered the mop handle and entered his cell.” The others did the same.

However, a whole-jail lockdown initiated during this confrontation remained in place as of 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Inmates involved in the disturbance may face additional charges or disciplinary action, the jail reports.

We regret the inconvenience caused to the courts,” said Jail Commander Sheila Lorance.

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