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Three Guards Hurt In Inmate Scuffle

March 17, 1985

ATTICA, N.Y. (AP) _ A female guard and two male guards were slightly injured Saturday night while trying to break up a fight among inmates inside the maximum-security state prison here, according to a spokesman for the state Department of Correctional Services.

About 230 inmates left the C Block mess hall and walked out into the yard during the incident, corrections spokesman Jim Flateau said. Prison officials began returning the inmates to their cells in small groups at about 11:40 p.m., Flateau said.

Flateau said he did not yet know why the prisoners walked out of the mess hall where the fight began, but that there were ″no incidents in the yard.″

Inmates started fighting at about 8:30 p.m. while playing cards in the mess hall, Flateau said. A guard tried to break up the fight, and an inmate apparently struck the officer over the head with the guard’s nightstick, according to Flateau.

Then ″about 230 inmates proceded thorugh a door into an inside yard,″ said Flateau.

″Staff talked to the inmates and quieted things down,″ said Flateau. ″There were no incidents in the yard, no fights, no distruption of any type.″

The rest of the prisoners were shut into the cells while the others were in the yard, said Flateau.

The spokesman said guard Kim Park was hospitalized with head lacerations at St. Jerome’s Hospital in Batavia, where she was listed in satisfactory condition.

Guards Michael Bishop and Charles Beverly were treated for cuts and bruises at another hospital and discharged, he said.

The inmate population at Attica is 2,082.