Three inmates were killed, including one who was shot in the head, during a riot at an overcrowded Honduran prison on Wednesday that left another 32 people injured, authorities said.
About 400 officers and military troops sent to the San Pedro Sula prison to restore order were met by gunfire from within the facility and pelted with stones and other projectiles, said a spokesman for the Honduras National Police.
Once order was finally restored, police said they confiscated assault rifles, automatic weapons ammunition and other munitions from inside the sprawling prison.
Bloodied and incapacitated inmates could be seen being taken out of the jail by emergency crews following the riot and clash with police.
The injured were eight policemen and 24 inmates, according to National Security Force spokesman Jose Coello.
Officials said one of the dead inmates died from a bullet wound to the head, but provided no immediate cause of death for the others.
He also ordered the removal to other facilities of about 20 of the most hardened criminals at San Pedro Sula prison, which officials said appeared to have precipitated Wednesday's uprising.