Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

New York State
Department of Correctional Services
Glenn S. Goord, Commissioner

Office of Public Information
[518] 457-8182

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Friday, October 3, 1997

Wende Correctional Facility locked down after inmate fight

ALDEN - Wende Correctional Facility was locked down this morning after an inmate was injured during a morning fight involving 16 inmates in the keeplock recreation yard.

The injured inmate apparently was struck on the head by another inmate during the 9:25 a.m. incident. The injured inmate was transported by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center where he was treated for head injuries and a broken nose. The inmate since has been returned to Wende and is in the facility's infirmary.

There were 22 inmates in the keeplock recreation yard when the fight erupted. The yard since has been secured and all inmates were escorted back to their cells without further incident.

Several of the inmates involved in the fight sustained minor scrapes and bruises but did not require medical treatment. Three of the approximately 30 correction officers who responded to the scene of the disturbance also sustained some minor bumps and bruises breaking up the fight, but they remained on duty.

The cause of the incident is under investigation. The lockdown means programming, recreation and messhall runs have been suspended indefinitely and all 853 inmates housed at Wende will be confined to their cells for 24 hours a day. Inmates will be fed in their cells but they can be escorted for medical appointments and visits. It is not yet known how long the lockdown will last.

The last lockdown at Wende was in May 1990.

Wende, a maximum-security prison in Erie County, opened in 1983.