A section of Lieber Correctional Institution near Ridgeville was under lockdown early Thursday morning after inmates subdued two correctional officers.
Corrections Department spokesman Clark Newsom says the insurrection in a dorm that houses 229 inmates occurred at around 9:45 p.m. “Two officers assigned to the Ashley dorm were overtaken by a couple of the work crew inmates,” Newsom said, “One I think had a pipe and assaulted the officers. Both of the officers had a set of keys and radios.”
Newsom says the inmates broke out windows and damaged the sprinkler system in the dorm before special teams were able to take control of the situation at around 5 a.m. Thursday. The correctional officers were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.
Normally, the facility is manned by 27 officers, but in the event of emergency special units are called into action. Newsome say tear gas was used to defuse the situation, while local law enforcement helped seal off the outside perimeter of the facility. He said at no time was the public in danger.
The agency says a thorough probe will be conducted to find out which inmates started the incident.
AUDIO: Newsome says special response teams took charge