Three guards injured in TN prison inmate uprising

Three corrections officers were injured, including one held hostage for about three hours, in a Sunday inmate uprising at Turney Center state prison, located about 60 miles west of Nashville in Hickman County.

News release from state Department of Corrections

ONLY – At approximately 4 pm (Sunday), 16 inmates caused a disturbance in a housing unit at Turney Center Industrial Complex.  During the course of the disturbance, three officers were assaulted.  Two of those officers were removed from the unit immediately, while one was held hostage for a period of time.  TDOC’s Special Operations Unit responded and regained control of the unit.’

All three officers were taken by helicopter to a local hospital.  Commissioner Tony Parker says, “Our thoughts and prayers are with these officers.  Any threat to the security of our institution or threat to our staff will be investigated and charged appropriately.”

Turney Center Industrial Complex is currently on lockdown while the Office of Investigation and Compliance investigates the disturbance.  The inmates involved in this incident will be immediately moved to a maximum security facility.

Turney Center Industrial Complex houses approximately 1,500.  The security designation is close and the majority of beds are medium security.

Further from The Tennessean:

Matt Batcheldor, a spokesman Vanderbilt University Medical Center, confirmed they are treating three people who came to the Nashville-based hospital from the prison.

“We have three patients that we have received from the prison. Two are in critical condition, one is in stable condition,” Batcheldor said…. Batcheldor did not said he could not confirm if the three people being treated at VUMC are the officers or if any inmates are also being treated.

…The department’s “Strike Force Team,” somewhat similar to SWAT teams used by police, responded to the situation. It’s unclear exactly what the team did to regain control of the situation.

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