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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Wednesday, November 5, 1997

Attica Officer shoots, wounds inmate to stop attack

When two inmates in the yard at Attica Correctional Facility ignored a tower Officer's verbal orders this morning to stop fighting, the Officer fired one round from his rifle that struck the attacking inmate in the left hand.

The wounded inmate was transported by state van to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. The inmate sustained injury to three fingers and is currently being treated and evaluated at the hospital.

Thirty-two inmates were in the recreation yard at 8:10 a.m. today. Inmate Frank Guilloty, who had a homemade knife, began fighting with inmate Albert Robinson. Guilloty then turned on a second inmate, David Green, who tried to intervene. Guilloty and Green ignored verbal warnings to end the fight, as well as a warning shot fired into the ground by an Officer in a tower some 75 feet away. As Guilloty used a shank in his right hand to continue attacking Green, the same tower Officer fired one round at Guilloty from an AR-15 rifle. Guilloty was struck in the left hand by the .223-caliber round, ending the fight.

The remaining inmates, who had backed away when the fight began, were then frisked and returned to their cells without incident. All 32 inmates were in keeplock status. That means they were confined to their cells around-the-clock for disciplinary infractions. They only leave their cells for one hour of court-mandated exercise a day, or for legal, family and medical visits.

In searching the yard after the incident, Officers recovered two weapons - a 5½-inch hard plastic rod and an 8-inch piece of aluminum sharpened at one end and taped at the other.

Inmate Marcos Reyes has been identified as allegedly passing a weapon to Guilloty before the incident began. Details on the four inmates involved and the Department disciplinary charges brought against them are:

Guilloty, 34, is serving a sentence of 5-10 years for three 1992 convictions out of New York County -- one count of criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was charged with possessing a weapon, assault and fighting.

Robinson, 31, is serving a sentence of six years to life for a 1994 second-degree assault conviction out of Bronx County. He was charged with fighting.

Green, 22, is serving a determinate sentence of 10 years for a 1996 first-degree robbery conviction out of New York County. He was charged with fighting.

Reyes, 25, is serving a 2 1/3-to-7-year sentence for three 1997 convictions out of Queens County -- third-degree grand larceny, third-degree criminal possession of stolen property and fourth-degree grand larceny. He was charged with possessing a weapon.

There are a total of 549 inmates in keeplock status among the 2,186 inmates confined today in this 2,240-bed maximum-security prison located 25 miles east of Buffalo in Wyoming County.