NEW YORK - (AP) - Some inmates refusing to be locked in for thenight sparked off a scuffle at Rikers Island that left 12 guardsand three inmates with minor injuries.

Department of Correction Deputy Commissioner Stephen Morellosaid the incident started at 11 p.m. Saturday. After the inmatesrefused to be locked in, additional staff were called to the scene.

Morello said those officers were assaulted when they arrived. After order was restored, 12 officers were taken to the hospital. Most of the injuries were minor, and the most serious was a captain with cuts to his face and head that required stitches. Three inmates were also treated for minor injuries consistent with punching and fighting.