Two Gouverneur Correctional Facility corrections officers injured during inmate attack
GOUVERNEUR – Two corrections officers were injured recently when an inmate suddenly attacked an officer during a routine pat frisk at the medium security Gouverneur Correctional Facility, said a press release from New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Assoc., Inc. (NYSCOPBA).
On Sunday, Jan. 5, at approximately 6:10 p.m. an officer was conducting a routine pat frisk of an inmate who was on his way to recreation. On the walkway to the recreation area the inmate suddenly came off the wall and punched the officer in the left side of the face.The officer, and a second officer who was assisting in the pat frisk, took the inmate to the ground where he continued to struggle. The officers were able to get mechanical restraints on the inmate after a brief struggle, the NYSCOPBA press release said.
Once he stopped struggling, the inmate was removed from the scene and taken to a room to be searched. In the room, the inmate attempted to kick an officer several times and lunged at another. OC Pepper Spray was applied to the inmate and he complied with orders from staff.
The inmate was placed in a special housing unit and faces disciplinary charges. He is servicing a 12- to 15-year sentence after being convicted in Monroe County in 2011 for first-degree robbery and second-degree conspiracy.
One officer sustained bruising and swelling to his left eye and right hand during the incident, the press release said. The second officer sustained scratches to his right hand and right knee. Both were treated by facility medical staff and remained on duty.
The previous day, two visitors were arrested attempting to bring synthetic marijuana into the facility during inmate visits, the press release said. At approximately 9:43 a.m. an investigator and a K9 were in the administration building assisting the processing of incoming visitors.
A Long Island woman voluntarily surrendered 9.4 grams of synthetic marijuana, commonly known as K2, which she had hidden in her pants. She was arrested for first-degree promoting prison contraband and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
At approximately 11:35 a.m. a K9 alerted to a visitor in the administration building, the press release said. When questioned by an investigator the woman, who is from the Bronx, voluntarily surrendered a Ziplock bag that contained balloons. The balloons contained 13.8 grams of synthetic marijuana. The zip lock bag was concealed in the woman’s pants. She was charged with first-degree promoting prison contraband and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Both women were transported to the local state police barracks for processing.
“A few short days into 2020 and staff assaults and contraband continue to be problematic,” said Bryan Hluska, NYSCOPBA Central Region Vice President. “Staff assaults and contraband seized hit record numbers in 2019 and that trend will continue if policies are not changed to better protect staff and reduce drugs from getting inside our prisons. That should be the number one priority in the coming year. Anything short of that is a disservice to the men and women who are dedicated to protecting our communities.”