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PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill. (AP) _ A southern Illinois prison is on lockdown after a weekend altercation left four guards with slight injuries.

The Illinois Department of Corrections says the fracas at the medium-security Pinckneyville Correctional Center for men began about 10 a.m. Sunday when a guard asked an unruly inmate to step out of the meal line.

That’s when another inmate apparently punched the guard. After three other correctional officers responded, a third inmate joined in the altercation before guards used pepper spray to subdue the prisoners involved.

Three of the guards were treated at a hospital, including one officer who sustained a broken nose. The fourth guard and the accused inmates were treated at the prison’s health-care unit.

Corrections officials say charges will be pursued.

The lockdown restricts inmate movement and bars visitation.

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