Inmates injured by falls, fights during power outage at Indiana jail

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INDIANAPOLIS (WXIN) — A power outage Monday morning at a county jail in downtown Indianapolis left a number of inmates injured.

Officials stated the power went out at 3:38 a.m. at the Marion County Jail II. They stated some inmates fell at midnight, and others had been harm by combating within the darkness.

The outage occurred as Indianapolis Power & Light crews had been doing work within the space.

“From our understanding, IPL was tracking down problems in their line and they needed to disconnect the line to deal with the ice,” stated Marion County Sheriff Kerry J. Forestal. “In doing so, it shut the power off. The generator failed to come back on.”

Forestal stated the mills had been simply examined on Friday.

He stated the darkness contained in the jail lasted “about 10 minutes” and at no time was the perimeter breached. IPL stated the power was restored inside 30-45 minutes.

Eight inmates had been transported to the hospital for minor accidents, however none are believed to be vital or life-threatening. Three different inmates had been handled by the jail’s medical workers for much less critical accidents.

“Some broken bones we believe occurred during a fall when they were moving around in the dark,” stated Forestal. “Some soft tissue injuries we believe occurred because of fighting amongst some inmates themselves.”

No weapons had been discovered during a search of the jail.

The metropolis stated all inmates have been accounted for, and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office will examine the incident.

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