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Porter County Jail cells

Jail cells stand empty in a general population area of the Porter County Jail.

VALPARAISO — A fight Tuesday morning at the Porter County Jail left one inmate so badly injured he had to be transported to an Indianapolis-area hospital for care, the sheriff's department confirmed.

The fight was triggered by a dispute over missing commissary, which are items purchased behind bars, according to police.

The men had to be separated from the brawl at 10:17 a.m., police said. Both men were injured, but only one had to be taken to a hospital and then later transferred to the Indianapolis area for care.

The hospitalized man is listed in stable condition, police said.

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The other male inmate was treated in-house by jail medical staff and "was placed in disciplinary per policy," according to police.

Police did not release the identities of the inmates, citing health care privacy concerns and the ongoing investigation.

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Porter/LaPorte County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.