Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF) has denied that security breaches led two inmates to attack another with a weapon at the prison Thursday morning.
The victim, who was unhurt, was secured in his cell while the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) responded, it is reported.
A statement from BCF said that in the process of disarming the two aggressors, the duo attacked members of the SORT team.
The attackers, both said to be in their twenties, were eventually subdued after one of them was shot in the area of the upper shoulder.
He was treated by BCF medical personnel and returned to a cell.
Various other means – including negotiation, a shield and pepper spray, had reportedly failed before a the SORT team discharged one round.
“I would not say there is a breach of security. You must understand that inmates are very innovative and anything you give them they will transform into weapons,” BCF Public Relations Officer, Kerwin Albert explained in response to assertions that the incident represented a serious security breach.
He said that because inmates are innovative, BCF officials conduct constant searches.
Earlier this month, over 200 contraband items, including 33 cell-made weapons, were seized at the facility during a joint operation with the police .
Albert told the Times that after the 9:45 am incident Thursday morning, BCF officials conducted a thorough search of the maximum security unit during which four cell-made weapons were discovered, one of which measured some 16 inches long and was used in the morning attack.
The incident is currently under investigation.
Albert said it came as a surprise because there have never been occurrences of that magnitude in which inmates have attacked officers forcing the officers a to eventually resort to the use of firearms after exhausting all other means to subdue the inmates.
“Although the matter is under investigation, I believe it may have been a set up just to attack the staff,” he told the Times.