MDOC: Prisoner shot by officer after yard fights

Ionia County
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IONIA, Mich. (WOOD) — A prisoner was shot by a correctional officer at the Michigan Reformatory in Ionia, the Michigan Department of Corrections said.

MCOC told News 8 that it happened after a pair of fights broke out in two separate prison yards Sunday morning.

They say about 15 to 20 prisoners were involved in the fights.

Authorities say a tower officer shot one of the prisoners in the arm after the prisoner ignored several warning shots along with other methods used to gain compliance but continued to fight.

MDOC says the gunshot hit the person’s right tricep and that the officer fired to prevent serious injuries in a fight on the ground. No one else was hurt, authorities say.

At this point, MDOC believes the fights were gang related.

As of Tuesday, the prisoner who was shot was still in the hospital being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The other prisoners involved in the fights are in segregation as they await misconduct hearings, which MDOC says could take about a week or so.

At this time, MDOC says the officer involved is on leave and is not at the facility. MDOC says they look forward to his return.

COVID-19 testing that was planned for Monday has been postponed at the facility due to the incident.

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