Four Oklahoma inmates were slain during a two-minute-long fight at the Cimarron Correctional Facility in Cushing Saturday, furthering a string of homicides at Oklahoma prisons in the last calendar year.

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections identified the inmates killed in Saturday’s brawl as Christopher Tignor, 29, Kyle Tiffee, 23, Michael Mayden, 26, and Anthony Fulwilder, 31. Also injured in the altercations were Jared Cruce, 34, Cordell Johnson, 24, and Jesse Hood, 31.  A fourth inmate who was injured was not immediately identified. 

It is still not clear what the caused the fight or how it was allowed to happen. No staff were injured during the fight. The Cimarron Correctional Facility is a private prison owned and operated by Corrections Corporation of America.    

“The altercation lasted less than two minutes,” a press release from the DOC said. “Staff and correctional officers worked for approximately 38 minutes to secure the housing area. The facility remains on lockdown during the ongoing investigation being conducted by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the Oklahoma Department of Corrections and the Office of the Inspector General.”

The News-Capital previously reported on a trio of homicides at the Davis Correctional Facility in Holdenville since October of 2014. The prison in Holdenville is also run by Corrections Corporation of America. An eighth homicide unfolded at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester in March. That prison is state-run. 

Department of Corrections records show the slain and injured men were incarcerated for the following: 

• Tiffee was in for drug possession charges and assault and battery on a police officer. He was set for a parole hearing in January.

• Mayden was in for firearm and property crimes. He was set for a parole hearing next month. 

•Tignor was in for drug and property crimes.  

•Fulwilder was in for robbery and shooting with intent to kill. 

•Johnson was in for a domestic violence conviction, drugs and property crimes. 

•Hood was in for assault and property crimes.

•Cruce was in for possession and assault and battery on a police officer.  

The facility in Cushing houses both medium and maximum inmates and has 1,720 beds.  

Earlier this year the Associated Press issued a report indicating Oklahoma has the highest rate of prison homicides in the nation. The figures reviewed by The AP as part of a months-long investigation show 39 homicides at Oklahoma prisons between 2001 and 2012, a rate of 14 per 100,000 inmates. The second highest rate is Maryland with 11 homicides per 100,000. The national average is 4 per 100,000.

Contact Parker Perry at pperry@mcalesternews.com

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