Inmates riot at King County Jail in Seattle

SEATTLE – The King County Jail in downtown Seattle was locked down for a time Sunday afternoon when several inmates rioted.

A corrections spokesman said an officer was conducting a routine security check of a cell, felt threatened and after he left the pod about 15 inmates started destroying property and allegedly used that property as weapons.

Seattle Police spokeswoman Renee Witt said roads around the building were shut down and the State Patrol stopped traffic in both directions of Interstate 5 because of concerns about inmates escaping.

“Luckily it didn’t happen,” she said.

Witt said Seattle Police were on scene, providing security outside the building.

“We didn’t know exactly what they were armed with, we didn’t know how many inmates were involved,” she said. “We were just here to ensure that the city was safe as King County went in and took care of the situation inside.”

The incident was under control by 3 p.m.

Ambulances responded to the scene, but Witt said police did not get any calls regarding injuries or people transported to the hospital.

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