NEWCASTLE — Four federal inmates were injured after a fight broke out aboard a U.S. Marshal’s Service bus on Interstate 44 on Monday morning, and one inmate was taken to a local hospital, a Marshal’s Service spokesman said.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers were requested near the Newcastle toll gate about 6:10 a.m. Monday to assist with the incident, according to a news release from the patrol. As many as 50 inmates were aboard the bus.
The inmates were being taken from the Grady County jail — one of two local jails used to house federal inmates — to the Federal Transfer Center at the Will Rogers World Airport, said Marshal’s Service Deputy Andrew Joseph. Federal offenders also are housed at the Logan County jail.
Joseph said many federal inmates, including the ones involved in the fight, pass through Oklahoma on their way to the various federal prisons where they serve out their sentences. The inmates involved had already been sentenced, and they were being sent to the Federal Transfer Center to be assessed for security levels before being sent to an appropriate facility.
Joseph said he could offer no further details on the inmates or the nature of the incident, but he did note that the FBI has opened an investigation.