ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) – Several correctional officers were injured after officials say inmates attacked them in several incidents outside of a facility classroom at the Elmira Correctional Facility.
The incident happened on Wednesday, January 30 at about 1:45 p.m.
Officials say an officer saw an inmate leave a classroom without permission. He confronted the inmate in the hallway outside and there, the inmate reportedly became belligerent and spit on the officer. He then allegedly punched the the officer in the side of the face.
The officer backed away and used pepper spray on the inmate, which had no initial effect. A second officer arrived on scene and managed to get the inmate to the ground and into restraints.
As that incident went on, a second inmate became disruptive in the classroom. He was removed from the class by a third officer and ordered to the wall to be frisked. Officials say the inmate came off the wall and elbowed the officer multiple times in the chest. A brief struggle ensued and the inmate became compliant after he was restrained.
On the same day, a third inmate reportedly hit another officer in the face before being brought under control. Officials say fourth charged at an officer outside the class and was brought under control after being sprayed with pepper spray.
Three officers were treated by medical staff at the facility and transferred to Arnot Odgen Medical Center. Two officers were treated for multiple bruises and abrasions. One officer was treated for exposure to blood.
Officials say four additional officers sustained minor injuries and stayed on duty.
The inmates were placed in a special housing unit pending disciplinary measures.
“Staff attacks continue to be one of the most troubling issues we deal with inside our correctional facilities. With changes in the disciplinary system, there is no real deterrent for inmates not to brazenly attack staff. In 2018 attacks on staff once again reached record levels.Our members will continue to be put in harm’s way unless there are significant repercussions for inmates who continue these unprovoked attacks .” said Joe Miano, the Western Region Vice President of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association.