FORT ANN — Four corrections officers at Great Meadow Correctional Facility were hurt by a combative inmate earlier this week, according to the union that represents the officers.
New York State Corrections Officers & Police Benevolent Association said the offers suffered minor injuries and were treated at an unspecified hospital after the Tuesday attack at the maximum-security prison. State Police will investigate and determine what criminal charges are warranted.
According to the union, the inmate was exiting an exam room when he kicked a weight scale, which struck an officer in the foot. When the officer approached the inmate, he was spit on. The officer, with assistance from another officer, placed the inmate in a body hold and forced him to the floor. While on the floor, the inmate continued to fight with the officers.
As additional officers arrived to assist, the inmate elbowed and kicked officers. He bit through a spit net, which had been applied, and spit in the face of one officer and to the neck of another.
The officers' injuries included a twisted knee, arm and hand pain. All officers were treated and released from the hospital.
The inmate, whose name was not released, is serving a four-year sentence after being convicted in Chautauqua County in 2016 for assault, burglary and criminal contempt.