WARSAW – Rubber bullets were used to subdue a handful of inmates at the Kosciusko County Jail on Saturday night, July 18.
The incident began at about 10:30 p.m. when a jailer noticed a violation happening in one of the men’s cell blocks.
After officials attempted to remove one inmate, other inmates interfered by surrounding the suspect inmate, according to a statement issued Tuesday, Aug. 4.
The inmates who were surrounding the suspect reportedly informed the confinement officers that the suspect inmate would not be leaving the cell block. At that point, the determination was made to activate the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT), for the safe removal of the suspect inmate, the statement said.
While awaiting the arrival of SERT personnel, inmates damaged three water sprinkler heads; which caused water to pour into the cell block and activation of the fire alarm.
The inmates refused to follow the commands of the jail staff and the decision was made to deploy SERT. Because of the active resistance of the inmates, rubber ball rounds were fired into the cell block common area, the statement said.
The situation was quickly resolved and some inmates received medical evaluation, with no hospitalizations required, the statement said.
This incident remains under investigation for the potential of additional criminal charges.
InkFreeNews was alerted to this incident through a tip saying as many as 10 inmates were hurt.