GDC investigating ‘disturbance’ at Ware State Prison that left staff, inmates with minor injuries

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WAYCROSS, Ga. (WSAV/WFOX/CNN) – The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) is investigating a “disturbance caused by inmates” at Ware State Prison in Waycross.

The “disturbance” happened at 10:45 p.m. on Saturday.

Officers deployed “non-lethal ammunition,” and the incident was brought under control. The facility was on lock down at 1 a.m. on Sunday.

Two staff members and three inmates received minor, non-life threatening injuries during the incident, according to GDC.

A golf cart was set on fire and several windows were broken, but there was no major damage to prison property.

GDC says at no time was there any risk to the public’s safety. The cause of the incident is unknown at this time and remains under investigation.

Family and friends of inmates reportedly still feel like they’re left with more questions than answers after multiple videos allegedly taken inside the prison surfaced on social media the night of the “disturbance.”

At least three graphic videos were posted to Facebook and appear to show inmates with serious injuries, however, GDC says all injuries were minor.

Jacksonville station WFOX reports that the Ware County State Prison has not yet responded to news outlets’ calls. Waycross Police only told news outlets that officers did assist in responding to the prison. No other details were given.

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