STORMVILLE, N.Y. -- A corrections officer sustained a number of injuries after a violent attack by an inmate at Green Haven Correctional Facility in Stormville on Wednesday, authorities said.
The attack was the second against a corrections officer at the prison in the last six weeks.
During the incident, which occurred about 8:25 a.m., inmate Tirone Moore, 29, approached the officer, who was standing in front of the housing unit supply closet, and requested to speak with him, according to prison officials.
Without warning, Moore took off his shirt and struck the officer in the face with a closed fist.
The officer attempted to grab the inmate in a body hold, which caused him to fall backward into the supply closet, prison officials said.
Moore placed his left arm around the officer’s neck and placed him in a chokehold, authorities said.
Two officers immediately responded to the scene and needed to strike Moore several times to get him to release the choke hold, according to prison officials.
Moore was restrained, removed from the scene and placed in a special housing unit, authorities said.
The injured officer sustained a bruised forearm, a small laceration to his nose and minor injuries to his upper lip, left index finger and right hand; two of the responding officers sustained minor injuries pulling Moore away from the officer and putting him into restraints, prison officials said.
All three officers were taken to Vassar Brothers Hospital for further treatment, then released.
Moore is serving a nine-year sentence after being convicted of attempted robbery in Kings County in 2012.
The assault follows another violent attack on an officer at the prison last month, in which the officer involved was choked unconscious by an inmate serving a life sentence for two murders.
During that incident, which occurred Sept. 7 about 6:40 p.m., inmate Lawrence Mikel, 42, was given instructions by an officer to walk through a cell sense, which is used to detect contraband; Mikel refused, used both hands to push the officer and punched him in the face, prison officials said.
Mikel proceeded to wrap both arms around the officer’s neck and choke him until he lost consciousness, authorities said.
Three officers responded to the scene and had to strike Mikel several times with a baton to get him to release the choke hold, according to prison officials.
The officers were able to get Mikel into restraints, authorities said.
The injured officer regained consciousness at the scene. He was transported to St. Francis Hospital for treatment of a concussion, bruises to both cheekbones, temple and forehead, bruising to his neck and abrasions to both knees, authorities said.
He was later released from the hospital.
Two of the responding officers sustained minor injuries, and were taken to St. Francis, as well. They were also treated and released.
Mikel is serving a 50-year-to-life sentence after being convicted in 1992 in Monroe County for two separate robberies and murders.
A report of the attack was filed with the New York State Police.
Mikel has since been transferred out of Green Haven, according to prison officials.
“Both these attacks were unprovoked and could have easily killed both officers, if not for the quick actions of their fellow officers,” said Michael Mazzella, Mid-Hudson Region vice president of the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association. “The fact that both inmates chose to attack both officers for no apparent reason is alarming. This is a prime example of how quickly a situation can escalate and how dangerous the environment inside our prisons is for our members."
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