Four inmates in Maryland Adjustment and Correctional Center face assault charges for attacking correctional officers Tuesday
during a routine shakedown of the inmates' cells, a state corrections spokesman reported.
Two correctional officers and the four inmates were injured during the confrontation. None of the injuries was serious, said corrections spokesman Sgt. Gregory M. Shipley.
Sergeant Shipley said the incident began just after 5 p.m. when the four inmates resisted the officers' efforts to search their cells. The inmates were housed in adjacent cells in the 3-year-old super maximum security facility near the Maryland Penitentiary in Baltimore.
After the officers were unable to get the inmates to co-operate, a nine-member "extraction team" outfitted with riot gear went into the cells. The inmates had fashioned masks to counter the pepper Mace used by correctional officers to disable unruly inmates, Sergeant Shipley said.
Sergeant Shipley said one inmate was armed with a homemade weapon resembling an ice pick and another inmate fashioned a weapon from part of a handcuff.
The inmates placed soapy water on the floors of their cells so the officers would slip when they entered the cells, Sergeant Shipley said.
Sergeant Shipley said it took about three hours to clear the inmates from the cells.
Correctional officers Gregory Maddox and William Lewis were treated for minor injuries at the institution's medical center.
The inmates were identified as: Leroy Brunson, 35, serving life plus 50 years for first-degree murder, a handgun violation and robbery with a deadly weapon; Steven Carver, 23, serving life plus 20 years for first-degree murder and a handgun violation; Douglas Chichester, 25, serving seven years for theft and storehouse breaking; and Donald Lomax, 28, serving 10 years for attempted robbery with a deadly weapon, burglary and a handgun violation. All were treated at area hospitals and returned to the institution, Sergeant Shipley said. The inmates now face criminal assault charges. The super max houses some of the state prison system's most violent offenders. The facility has 281 prisoners, seven fewer than capacity.