NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Two staff members were injured when a riot broke out at a youth detention center in Nashville. A 17-year-old briefly escaped but was later taken into custody.
The ordeal began around 11:30 a.m. Monday at Gateway to Independence, located on Stewarts Lane.
Police officials said a fight broke out between a 61-year-old teacher and a 16-year-old after lunch as the young offenders were returning to class. The teacher's shirt was torn during the fight.
Another teacher, 59, came to the first teacher’s aid, and 17-year-old Jamie Carter came to the 16-year-old's aid.
The second teacher suffered lacerations to the face during the fight. He was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
Metro Nashville Police officials said Jamie Carter was apprehended on Drakes Branch Road at Kings Lane. Both teens are expected to be charged with aggravated assault.
Carter, who has a previous robbery conviction, apparently escaped through an entryway at the facility.
Officers are searching for escapee & convicted agg. robber Jamie Carter, 17, who escaped around noon Monday from Gateway to Independence juvenile detention center, 3981 Stewarts Lane, after several young men in the facility began rioting. See him? Call 615-862-8600. pic.twitter.com/IrhtE77U5e— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) April 9, 2018
No other teachers were injured in the fight.
Officials with the Tennessee Department of Children's Services said all other 31 youth offenders are in their rooms.