One inmate dead, others injured during riot at Parchman

Updated - Coroner Burton later identified the deceased inmate as Roosevelt Holliman.

Posted: Jan 2, 2020 3:01 PM
Updated: Jan 3, 2020 4:34 PM

INDIANOLA, Miss. (WTVA) - One inmate is dead and multiple others were injured during a Thursday riot at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, Sunflower County Sheriff James Haywood confirmed.

During the same time, emergency personnel also responded to a reported fire in Unit 29 and Unit 30.

Authorities later clarified the fire happened in Unit 30 and the riot happened in Unit 29.

The death and injuries happened in Unit 29.

Several injured inmates were treated at the prison’s hospital and others were taken to local hospitals, Coroner Heather Burton said.

Officials managed to contain the inmates in Unit 29.

Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the prison’s grounds.

Burton later identified the deceased inmate as Roosevelt Holliman. She said Holliman had been stabbed multiple times during a gang-related riot. 

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