Two inmates allegedly assaulted an officer Monday night at Milner Ridge Correctional Centre, sending him to hospital with a broken nose.
A spokesperson for Manitoba Justice confirmed some details of a reported attack Wednesday, saying an injured correctional officer received treatment and was released from hospital.
Staff at the men’s jail, located about an hour northeast of Winnipeg near Beausejour, were said to have dragged an injured officer away from two inmates who allegedly started a brawl in a secure area.
The inmates barricaded themselves in a utility room for several hours, forcing negotiation and emergency response teams to respond, according to one source, who also said the inmates threatened to start a fire in the room.
Backup correctional officers were brought in during the stalemate, Manitoba Justice confirmed.
"They were able to regain control of the situation and secure the two inmates that were involved in the early morning of July 9," the justice spokesperson said by email.
For security reasons, the department said it could not answer a followup question about how the inmates may have been secured. The spokesperson said Milner Ridge "has returned to normal operations" and the affected inmates are "being monitored and assessed to determine if any injuries resulted from the incident."
The inmates could face additional charges stemming from the incident, which was reported to the RCMP.
The Manitoba Government and General Employees’ Union represents the jail’s correctional officers. It said Wednesday it’s been disturbed by what appears to be an upward trend in violent-incident reports.
"There is no question that the (reported) officer attack on Monday was both serious and extremely frightening. We’re thankful for the quick action of the officers involved who got their colleague to safety and those that diffused the volatile situation," MGEU president Michelle Gawronsky said by email.
"(Correctional officers) are finding that inmates can often be more violent and unpredictable than in the past because of more complex issues, including meth and other drug addictions along with mental-health issues," she said, adding the provincial government should fund more rehabilitative programs and supports.
Jessica Botelho-Urbanski covers the Manitoba Legislature for the Winnipeg Free Press.
Updated on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 9:38 AM CDT: Updated.