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FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2019, file photo, Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone speaks at a news conference in Phoenix.

PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone’s office confirmed that inmates started a disturbance last week at jail over their frustrations with COVID-19 prevention measures as they were being moved into and out of jail pods.

Seven inmates in the Saguaro Jail refused orders to return to their beds during the July 13 disturbance, leading detention officers to launch pepper balls, the agency said.

Agency spokeswoman Norma Gutierrez said one inmate threw a chair and water bottle, but neither was in the direction of detention officers.

“At no time have inmates taken control of any area of the Saguaro Jail or physically attack staff,” Gutierrez said.

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