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HINDS COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

One prisoner was killed and at least five injured in a fight at the Detention Center in Raymond.

The person killed was 21-year-old Markuieze Sherod Bennett. The coroner says he appears to have suffered severe head trauma.

Bennet was facing strong armed robbery and violation of probation charges.

Tuesday the Hinds County Board of Supervisors held an emergency meeting on the jail, much of which was spent in executive session with Sheriff Tyrone Lewis.

"This was not due to understaffing," said Lewis.

The Board members emerged with an emergency order, which provided emergency funding for the purchase of cameras, and radios, a petition to reopen pod C and make repairs to pods A and B.

"We're very pleased with the board action.  You can see we made some tough decisions today to move forward to make some corrections," said Sheriff Lewis.

Supervisor Robert Graham said, "This is a very unfortunate situation.  Anytime you have a loss of life, we're trying to still determine exactly what happened."

On Tuesday, Jackson Police Chief Lindsey Horton addressed the incident.

The chief says it started as an argument between two inmates and escalated to a situation where, for a time, prisoners controlled Pod A.

Chief Horton says the SWAT team spent most of the afternoon and night, until 4 a.m., clearing 212 inmates from Pod A.

He also says it was the SWAT team that discovered the dead inmate.

Finally, Chief Horton wanted to reassure the citizens of Jackson that the riot and the damage done to the pod will not deter JPD from continuing to make arrests and lock up criminals.

He also said it wasn't as extensive to the damage done to pod C in a previous riot in 2012.

On Monday night, Sheriff's Department spokesman Othor Cain says at least one prisoner was treated and returned to the jail.

Cain says he believes the fight started around lunch time between the Vice Lords and the Disciples but they were able to get things under control.

Another disturbance started around 5 p.m. and escalated.

Cain says two jailers were inside during the disturbance, but were not injured.

Several local law enforcement agencies assisted the sheriff's department in getting things under control.

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