State prison disturbance in Yuma turns deadly

- Officials with the Arizona Department of Corrections said Friday afternoon a prison inmate is dead, following a major prison disturbance Thursday night at Arizona State Prison Complex Yuma (ASPC-Yuma).

According to the statement, a 32-year-old inmate named Adam J. Coppa suffered fatal injuries during the disturbance. In addition, 11 employees suffered minor and/or non-life threatening injuries, ans were seen at the hospital.

The disturbance, according to ADC, began at around 6:18 p.m. Thursday, when inmates at a medium-custody unit attacked prison personnel. Inmates reportedly threw rocks, set fires to mattresses and other property outside on the yard, and broke into the prison's health unit.

According to ADC, about 600 of the prison's 1,147 inmates were involved in the disturbance.

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