Spokesperson confirms disturbance at West Tennessee Detention Facility

Spokesperson confirms disturbance at West Tennessee Detention Facility
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MASON, Tenn. — A spokesperson confirmed that there was a disturbance at the West Tennessee Detention Facility.

In a statement the spokesperson said:

On Saturday, June 27, at approximately 10:00 a.m. CDT, staff at the West Tennessee Detention Facility, in Mason, TN, responded to an incident involving a group of detainees that had become disruptive and confrontational. This group created safety hazards by attempting to barricade doors and refusing to comply with verbal directives provided by staff.  

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After attempts by facility staff to deescalate the situation were unsuccessful, the facility staff deployed oleoresin capsicum, commonly referred to as “OC” spray. After the deployment of OC, the detainees became compliant and facility staff was able to mitigate further risk of injury to both detainees and staff. 

No serious injuries occurred as a result of this incident to detainees or staff. Medical staff reviewed all individuals involved in the disturbance.   

Our partners with the United States Marshals Service were immediately notified and the incident remains under investigation.

The reason behind the disturbance is unknown.