Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

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

Office of Public Information
[518] 457-8182

For immediate release:

Thursday, March 12, 1998

Eight Correction Officers, Sergeant treated after scuffle with two inmates

COMSTOCK - Eight Correction Officers and one Sergeant at Great Meadow Correctional Facility were treated for minor bumps and bruises and some blood exposure after they were assaulted by two inmates this morning.

Five of the Officers and the Sergeant went to Convenient Medical Center in Glens Falls for treatment after being exposed to blood from one of the inmates. Several of the Officers also sustained minor bumps and bruises. The other three Officers went to Convenient Medical Center for treatment of minor bumps and bruises. Seven of the Officers were transported to Convenient Medical Center by facility van; the remaining Officer and Sergeant drove themselves to the center.

One of the two inmates involved in the incident sustained a cut lip and received seven sutures at the facility. The second inmate was not injured. Both inmates currently are being held in Great Meadow's Special Housing Unit, pending disciplinary and likely criminal charges.

"We will not tolerate any assaults on staff by any inmate," said Commissioner Glenn S. Goord of the Department of Correctional Services. "Inmates who assault staff can be assured that they will face severe disciplinary charges and the likelihood of criminal prosecution."

The incident occurred at 7:20 a.m. as 39 inmates were being moved from a cellblock to the messhall for breakfast. As an Officer attempted to pat frisk inmates leaving the block, inmate Chad Collins shoved the Officer and grabbed his head. An Officer stationed in a nearby console monitoring area activated his alarm system and another Officer and Sergeant responded. As the three tried to subdue Collins, another inmate who had previously left the block for the messhall, Shaka Reynolds, returned and began fighting with staff. Six other Officers responded to the scene, and the two inmates were subdued and placed in restraints.

No weapons were recovered from the scene and none were used against staff.

Inmate Collins, 20, is serving a term of 4-to-12 years for two 1996 convictions out of New York City: second-degree attempted murder and first-degree reckless endangerment. Inmate Reynolds, 21, is also serving 4-to-12 years for two 1996 convictions out of Bronx County: first-degree robbery and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.