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Stabbing latest incident to be probed at Oklahoma prison

March 1, 2020 GMT

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — A stabbing at a privately-run Oklahoma state prison is the latest incident in recent months at the facility that is being investigated by authorities.

Police said a stabbing at the Lawton Correctional Facility on Friday evening left two male inmates with non-life-threatening injuries, the Lawton Constitution reported.

“It is unknown at this time what caused the stabbing,” said Lawton police Sgt. Tim Jenkins.

The stabbing joins a couple of other recent deaths at the prison, operated by the GEO Group for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, that are being investigated by authorities.

Police and the Oklahoma Department of Corrections are both still probing the Jan. 17 stabbing death of inmate Brian Piper, 31.

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections Inspector General is also investigating the Feb. 13 death of Jerry Cochran, 38, who was found unresponsive by jail staff. The Oklahoma Medical Examiner has not determined a cause of death.

Cochran’s family and friends had asked that his death be investigated by authorities.