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3 guards injured during inmate disturbance at Collins Correctional Facility

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The New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association said three male officers were attacked and injured, one seriously, at the Collins Correctional Facility by an aggressive inmate on Feb. 16.

The three officers had responded to a report of a disturbance among multiple inmates around 6:30 p.m. The authorities said one of the inmates struck an officer in the face with a closed fist, then tackled him, wrapping his arm around the officer's throat and choking him. The two other officers had difficulty restraining the inmate until the first officer had lost consciousness.

Another officer was elbowed in the face while working to handcuff the inmate, a 27-year-old serving a nine-year sentence for robbery in New York City in 2017. He has been transferred to the Attica Correctional Facility, pending possible charges.

Authorities reported that the first officer suffered a broken jaw that required immediate surgery, had a concussion and lost several teeth. He is currently off duty recovering. The other two officers suffered swelling and abrasions, but remain on duty.

Mark Wozniak, WBFO's local All Things Considered host, has been at WBFO since mid-1978.
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