The Washington Post

Inmate dies after prison brawl

- — Martin Weil

An inmate in a maximumsec­urity prison in Maryland died Saturday after being attacked during an altercatio­n in the exercise yard, according to state police. The inmate, Herbert Mayes, 33, died at the Western Correction­al Institutio­n in Cumberland, police said. No cause of death was given.

Police said correction­s officers went to the yard about 1:20 p.m. and took six of those involved in the dispute into police custody. Medical aid was summoned for Mayes, the state police said.

Emergency care was provided for Mayes until county rescue personnel arrived, the police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene, they said.

A state government website lists the prison as a maximumsec­urity institutio­n. Officials said a homicide investigat­ion was underway. An autopsy is to be conducted, the police said Sunday in a statement.

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