Inmates at Alabama's William C. Holman Correctional Facility stabbed two correctional officers and started a fire in a hallway outside a housing unit on Friday night, the Huntsville Times reports. The prison riot reportedly began around 9:15 p.m. on Friday when a guard responded to a fight between two inmates in one of the prison dorms. When he arrived on the scene, the guard was stabbed nine times. When the prison warden, Carter Davenport, arrived with backup, he was also stabbed. 


After the assaults, inmates reportedly "gained access to a hallway just outside the housing unit" and started a fire there. Video from the scene shows two inmates stoking the blaze with their faces covered, but the uprising was crushed when the department of corrections deployed emergency response teams to detain the 100 or so inmates involved in the riot and secure the area. The prisoners responsible for the riot have reportedly been detained separately from the rest of the inmates, and no other injuries were reported.

During the riot, several prisoners posted on Facebook that they were protesting their treatment by prison officials:


Anybody gotta family member at Holman prison in asking y'all pray for us! It's a big riot goin on n we don't kno if we...

Posted by Bookie da Ynbm on Friday, March 11, 2016

Attention ⚠ .. We need yall help here at Holman Correction Facility Prison. The police 󾆡 down here beating on and jus...

Posted by Chris Lyl East Syde on Friday, March 11, 2016

Officials haven't commented on the prisoners' allegations, but they did say inmates are being searched for illegal cell phones and other contraband.