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Fight at Oklahoma correctional center leaves one man dead, injures 3 others

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Gregory Smith

STRINGTOWN, Okla. – A fight at an Oklahoma correctional center has led to the death of one man.

Officials with the Department of Corrections say four inmates began fighting using homemade knives around 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday night inside the Mack Alford Correctional Center.

Investigators say the fight happened in a day room, which has been transformed to deal with overcrowding issues. Department officials say 52 inmates are housed in the day room.

The fight only lasted a few minutes before a correctional officer got involved.

Officials say inmate Gregory Smith died as a result of his injuries at a nearby hospital. He was serving a life sentence for first-degree murder.

However, three other inmates were also injured in the fight.

Deangelo Washington was stabbed in the stomach and had to undergo surgery. He is serving a six-year sentence for robbery by force.

Kenneth Strain was stabbed in the back, but was treated and released from a hospital. He is serving a 20 -year sentence for theft.

Joshua McGuffin needed stitches for a cut on his hand. He is serving a five-year sentence for drug trafficking and manufacturing of a controlled dangerous substance.

“We have launched a full-scale investigation into the situation and will continue to search for motives that lead to this incident,” said Corrections Director Joe M. Allbaugh. “It’s an unfortunate situation when someone loses their life to senseless violence. We will ensure the proper measures are taken to better manage these situations in the future.”

The facility will remain on lockdown as the investigation continues. Weekend visitation hours have been canceled.

Officials say the center is rated to house 864 medium and minimum security inmates. At this point, the prison is housing 923 inmates.

“After spending the last day and a half at the facility, the investigation teams and I are confident the situation is under control,” Allbaugh said. “I appreciate Warden Kameron Harvanek and his staff for their cooperation, agents with the Inspector General’s Office, officers with Corrections Emergency Response Teams who have been at the facility around the clock working diligently to investigate the situation and the correctional officers who are at the facility protecting the public on a daily basis. Until the full investigation by the Office of the Inspector General is complete, we will reserve further comment on this situation.”