CELINA — An inmate at the Mercer County Jail could face charges after he was allegedly found to have made a shank.
At approximately 6:30 p.m. Thursday, an inmate at the jail became unruly. When corrections officers entered the cell block, the inmate allegedly refused to comply with orders. As the officers approached the inmate, they allegedly saw a shank. A physical altercation started and the inmate was disarmed. A patrol unit was called in for assistance and the inmate was placed on lockdown. An investigation revealed that the inmate allegedly filed a spork into a sharp weapon on the wall and intercom of his cell.
“The spork was filed to a point and capable of stabbing someone,” Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said in a news release. “This inmate is currently being served finger food on a Styrofoam plate only. The majority of the inmates act responsibly, but this is a reminder to all of us and to our citizens that we do house dangerous criminals in our facility.”
One corrections officer suffered an injured ankle and another suffered a few scrapes and scratches to his head, hands and neck. That officer has received treatment for his injuries and will be off duty for several days.
Grey declined to reveal the name of the inmate involved in the incident because of the ongoing investigation. Once the investigation in completed, it will be forwarded to the prosecuting attorney’s office for review.