MONTERREY, Nuevo León — A fight inside Topo Chico Prison in the state of Nuevo León left three inmates dead and 14 wounded, according to the state government.
In a press release, the state government said that the incident was brought under control by guards minutes after it started.
Five inmates were seriously wounded and brought to a hospital, while nine more were treated inside the prison.
The fight started at 9:24 p.m. on Wednesday, and was brought under control with the help of tear gas.
The three deceased prisoners are Edelmiro Guadalupe Gaspar González Rubio, Jesús Ledezma Ramírez and Javier Orlando Galindo Puente, or Jesús Galindo Puente, alias “El Maruchan.”
Nuevo León Interior Secretary Manuel González Flores and Secretary of Public Security Cuauhtémoc Antúnez came to the prison and assured that there had been no escape attempts by prisoners and that firearms were not used inside of the prison.
The officials said that the government will attend to families of the victims personally and will pay for medical and funeral costs.
Topo Chico, which is close to the city of Monterrey, was the site of the most deadly prison riot in Mexican history in February 2016, during which 49 prisoners died.