CO injured by inmate who was getting treatment at Medina hospital

Staff Reports Posted 22 February 2019 at 8:40 am

MEDINA – A female correction officer was injured last week when an inmate allegedly attacked and punched her multiple times inside a bathroom at Medina Memorial Hospital, the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association reported today.

The incident occurred on Feb. 15 at approximately 3 p.m. The inmate, 20, is incarcerated at Albion Correctional Facility. She was in the emergency room at the local hospital. The inmate’s mechanical restraint was removed from one wrist while in the bathroom, NYSCOPBA said.

The female officer, who was in the bathroom with the inmate, went to reapply the restraint to the free wrist. The inmate used her free hand and punched the officer several times in the face.  She broke her other hand free from the officer and continued the assault with both fists. The officer yelled for help and two officers and a supervisor came to the scene.  When they arrived, the inmate stopped the assault and was handcuffed and returned to her room in the ER, the union said.

The officer was treated in the ER by medical personnel. She sustained an eye contusion, bloody nose and facial and scalp contusions.  She was treated and released.

The inmate was released from the ER and returned to Albion Correctional Facility.  She is serving a six-year sentence after being convicted in Kings County in 2017 for attempted gang assault 1st, robbery 2nd, assault 2nd and robbery 3rd.

“Quite often we forget that there are very dangerous female inmates incarcerated in our prisons,” said Joe Miano, NYSCOPBA Western Region Vice President. “The attack on the female officer at Medina Memorial Hospital was a vicious assault that could have resulted in more serious injuries if the officer didn’t defend herself and call for assistance. This inmate, based on her criminal record, has shown a propensity for extreme violence. It is our sincere hope that the District Attorney’s Office aggressively prosecutes this incident and sends a clear message that this type of violence will not be tolerated.”

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