At least 11 staff members injured in riot at youth detention facility in Golden

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Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center in Golden.

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GOLDEN, Colo. — At least 11 staff members were injured in a riot at the Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center in Golden Wednesday evening.

According to the Golden Police Department, officers were dispatched to the facility about 6 p.m. on reports of a riot instigated by some inmates.

The incident occurred in a housing unit called Cedar Lodge, according to police. All other housing units at the center were put on lockdown.

“The incident involved approximately a dozen of the youth inmates and a similar number of staff members.  Two of the youth involved were injured.  About 11 staff members received minor injuries and two were transported to the hospital,” police said in a statement.

The inmate accused of starting the riot is in custody and has been separated from the other inmates.

An investigation is ongoing. Police say the situation is now under control.

A Colorado Department of Human Services spokesperson said several facility residents were also injured and are being evaluated.

“The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) takes this incident very seriously and will conduct a thorough internal review. We are fully cooperating with the Golden Police Department as they conduct their investigation,” the spokesperson said in an email.

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