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10 staff members injured in riot at Golden youth facility

Four of the injured staff members at Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center were taken to the hospital.

GOLDEN, Colo. — Ten staff members at the Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center in Golden were hurt Wednesday night during a riot that involved eight inmates, Golden Police said in a release.

Four of the juveniles involved in the riot were also hurt. Their injuries were minor, according to police.

Four of the 10 injured staff members were taken to the hospital. None of their injuries are serious, Golden Police said.

Officers were called to the Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center in Golden around 5:45 p.m.Wednesday because there was a report of a riot at one of the housing units. 

Police believe two inmates, who are both juveniles, instigated the riot. The incident began between one inmate and one staff member and then escalated. The inmate is now in custody and police say they have been separated from the other inmates.

Although police have permission to speak to the two individuals, they have not yet cooperated. Permission has not yet been granted for police to interview the other residents involved.

The riot happened at the Cedar Lodge housing unit at the facility. The other housing units were put on lockdown during the riot. 

The Division of Youth Services (DYS) said on Thursday it received an allegation about three staff members bringing illicit drugs to Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center. 

A spokesperson for DYS said that allegation is a separate issue and is not connected to the riot.

The staff members were placed on paid administrative leave while an investigation into the allegations is conducted. That is standard procedure.

In 2014, a guard at the facility nearly died when he was severely beaten with a pillowcase full of rocks during an escape attempt. 

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