Marion Co. Jail remains on lockdown after riot

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(KOIN) — Portions of the Marion County Jail in Salem remained on lockdown Friday following a disturbance Thursday afternoon that started when an inmate confronted corrections deputies with a mop.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office reported Friday that two pods have returned to normal procedures, but three others remain on lockdown because some inmates there have been making threats and being belligerent.

The incident began at about 2 p.m. Thursday when deputies noticed an inmate tampering with a security door while returning from the exercise yard. When ordered to go to their cells, a group of seven or eight inmates refused, and one even armed himself with a mop handle and began advancing towards the deputies, the sheriff’s office said. He eventually dropped the mop and surrendered.

All the jail’s inmates were placed in secure cells, and those that had been involved in the disturbance were separated. The sheriff’s office said that, at one point, deputies were forced to deploy pepper spray.

Order was restored within about 20 minutes. There were no injuries, the sheriff’s office confirmed. The

The lockdown forced the cancellation of some hearings at the nearby Marion County Courthouse because some inmates could not be transported to court appearances. The jail did not accept new arrestees until 5 p.m.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing. The names of the involved inmates were not released.

The Marion County Jail house over 400 inmates.

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