FORT ANN — Two officers at Great Meadow Correctional Facility were hurt Tuesday when an inmate attacked them with a broomstick, officials said.
New York State Corrections Officers and Police Benevolent Association, the union that represents the officers, gave the following account of the attacks at the maximum-security prison:
The two officers were escorting inmates to their morning meal when the inmate exited his cell and charged both officers while armed with a broom handle.
The inmate struck one officer on the top of the head with the handle, which broke into two pieces during the assault, and then turned and struck the second officer multiple times with the handle.
The officer defended herself and was able to force the inmate to drop the weapon. He punched the officer several times and attempted to force her into the cell bars.
The first officer came to the aid of the female officer and was hit several more times with closed fists. Responding officers used pepper spray but it had no effect on the inmate. Multiple officers were able to get the inmate under control with body holds and into mechanical restraints. He was removed from the area and placed in a special housing unit.
The two officers were treated by medical staff at the facility and transferred to a local hospital. The first officer sustained a three-inch laceration to his head and multiple bruises and abrasions to his face. The female officer sustained abrasions and bruising to her head, left hand and both knees. Both officers were treated and released from the hospital.
The prisoner, whose name was not released, is serving a 10-year sentence for robbery and attempted criminal possession of a weapon after being convicted in Kings County in 2010.
“Both sustained injuries that needed hospital treatment,” said John Roberts, Northern Region vice president of NYSCOPBA. “We need to continue to advocate for disciplinary measures that will deter inmates from attacking staff as well as criminally prosecute inmates that commit serious acts of violence.”
State Police and the Washington County District Attorney’s Office will decide what criminal charges are warranted.