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Several COs injured after inmate becomes combative at maximum security N.Y. prison

As three COs were subduing the inmate, he managed to escape their grasp and punched an officer in the eye


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By Sarah Roebuck

MALONE, N.Y. — Two correctional officers were assaulted and four others were injured after an inmate became combative at the Upstate Correctional Facility, the Press-Republican reports.

On Oct. 12, an inmate at the maximum security prison was ordered back to his cell after a pat frisk determined the inmate was wearing altered clothing.

According to the New York State Correction Officer Police Benevolent Association, the inmate refused and became combative.

The union stated that three officers attempted to subdue the inmate by employing body holds and attempting to get him back into his cell. However, the inmate managed to escape their grasp and punched one of the officers in the face.

The three officers once again imposed the body hold, taking the inmate to the cell floor. The inmate then managed to seize one officer’s arm, dragging her down with him and punching her in the eye during the struggle, the union said.

More staff members reached the cell and deployed OC spray, but it had no impact on the inmate. As the inmate remained combative on the floor, the officers managed to push his arms behind his back and handcuff him. After being handcuffed, the inmate finally started to cooperate.

According to the union, two officers were taken to the hospital due to injuries they sustained. The female officer, who was dragged down and hit in the face, suffered injuries to her elbow, hand and eye. Another officer, who helped in restraining the inmate, experienced a back injury. Both officers were treated and released from the hospital.

The 32-year-old inmate is scheduled to be released on Oct. 31.

It is unknown if additional charges will be brought against the inmate. The Franklin County District Attorney said the incident is still being investigated.