4 NY corrections officers hurt in struggle with inmate

The fight happened when an inmate at the Willard Drug Treatment Campus resisted returning to his cell


By Samantha House
Syracuse Media Group

WILLARD, N.Y. — Four corrections officers were hurt trying to restrain a struggling inmate last month at an Upstate New York prison, union officials said.

The fight happened Sept. 26 when an inmate at the Willard Drug Treatment Campus resisted returning to his cell, union officials with the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association said Monday in a news release. The man was not identified.

An officer escorted the man through the prison back to his room in the Willard, Seneca County correctional facility, a drug treatment center for both men and woman. When they arrived at the man’s room, he refused to go inside — grabbing the door handle and ignoring officers’ orders, the union said.

Officers sprayed the man with pepper spray, the union said, but he continued to struggle. He then tried to run past officers, knocking a sergeant over as he tried to break free, the union said.

The man was eventually handcuffed and put into his room. He kept fighting, the union said, and tried to kick officers.

When the man calmed down, he was taken to the prison’s infirmary and evaluated. He was then transported to the nearby Five Points Correctional Facility to face discipline.

After he was evaluated, he was transferred to Five Points Correctional Facility for discipline.

The struggle left four officers with bruises, swelling and scrapes, the union said. They were treated, the union said, and remained on duty.

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