ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) – Half a dozen inmates were reportedly involved in a fight at the Elmira Correctional Facility, leaving several officers injured.

On Wednesday, June 9, during breakfast in the mess hall, an officer reportedly saw an inmate run from the serving line and attack two inmates sitting at a table. As those three inmates began fighting, three other inmates reportedly joined in.

Two officers responded, but authorities say the inmates ignored their orders; the officers fired two rounds of pepper spray and three of the inmates reportedly stopped. One of the inmates who was still fighting was put in a body hold by an officer and forced to the ground.

After order was restored, the inmates were removed from the mess hall; authorities say when the inmate who started the fight was ordered to submit to a frisk in the hallway, he spun off the wall and spit blood on one of the officers before being put in handcuffs.

One inmate was injured after being stabbed with a make-shift weapon on the left side of the head and was treated at the infirmary. The inmates are all facing disciplinary charges.

Officers reportedly searched the mess hall and found four “plexiglass type weapons”, each sharpened on one end.

Three officers and a sergeant were injured in the incident. Two officers were sent to the Arnot Ogden Medical Center, where they were treated and released later that day.

The sergeant and third officer were treated by facility medical staff and remained on duty.

This is the fourth incident reported at ECF in the week.

“In the span of five days last week, staff had blood spit on them, they were kicked, punched, and attacked by inmates,” stated Mark Deburgomaster , NYSCOPBA Western Region Vice President.  “Thankfully, the officers did not sustain serious injuries, but the fact remains in a split second, one of those weapons recovered in the mess hall, could have been used against staff.   We have tried our best to educate State Legislators on the dangers that exist inside our prisons but they continually ignore the violence that is occurring.  Until they take action, our members will have a target on their backs every day, and they deserve better than that.”