Fight breaks out at juvenile court in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Authorities say a fight broke out among 50 detainees at Shelby County Juvenile Court when a sprinkler system went off, unlocking the doors of their cells.

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office said a 16-year-old male detainee used a squeegee on a long mop handle to break the sprinkler system in his cell on Monday night.

Detainee cells unlocked automatically when the sprinkler discharged, and the youths came out and began to fight. Deputies eventually were able to take control of the area of the fight.

A department spokesman said there were no injuries.

The detainee accused of breaking the sprinkler was charged with felony vandalism. His name was not immediately released.


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