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Cayuga County prison incident leaves officers injured and exposed to blood

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An inmate at Cayuga Correctional Facility intentionally exposed four officers to blood during a violent confrontation, according to the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOPBA).

The incident, occurring on March 30, began when an officer noticed the inmate’s cell window covered and received no response to orders to make the window visible. Upon entering the cell, officers were attacked by the inmate, leading to injuries and significant blood exposure for three of the officers involved.

During the altercation, the inmate, housed in a residential rehabilitation unit for previous disciplinary charges, bit, elbowed, and spat bloody saliva at the officers attempting to restrain him. The attack resulted in the officers sustaining injuries including thumb, shoulder, and facial pain, with one officer having a bloody finger forcefully inserted into his mouth.

All affected officers received medical treatment, with three being transported to Cortland Medical Center due to the severity of their blood exposure. Despite their injuries, they returned to duty after treatment.

The inmate, serving a 20-year sentence for first-degree manslaughter following the beating death of a 15-year-old in 2009, was transferred to Auburn Correctional Facility post-incident. NYSCOPBA highlighted the episode as a grim reminder of the dangers correctional officers face daily. The union’s Western Region Vice President, Kenny Gold, condemned the inmate’s actions as a deliberate attempt to harm the officers.