The union that represents corrections officers at prisons across New York State outlined an attack at a facility in Seneca County.
Two officers were said to have been injured when they were trying to prevent an inmate from completing suicide.
The officers were injured when they entered a cell at Five Points Correctional Facility, which is located in Romulus. It’s said to have unfolded on April 7th.
One officer was punched in the head and face multiple times; and the other was elbowed multiple times. Officers were eventually able to take control of the situation.
The inmate involved is said to be serving a 14-16 year sentence. He had been convicted in Erie County of first-degree robbery and first-degree attempted promoting prison contraband.
He’s been placed in a special housing unit since.
“The two officers entered the inmate’s cell to stop him from hanging himself. When they did, he viciously attacked them, injuring both,” NYSCOPBA Western Region Vice President Mark Deburgomaster said in a press release. “He easily could have staged the suicide attempt to get the officers into the cell so he could attack them. If that is the case, I strongly urge the Seneca County District Attorney’s Officer to pursue criminal charges on this inmate, who has an extensive disciplinary record in prison and who is eligible for parole next year.”