Posted: Feb 22, 2021 / 5:21 AM CST
Updated: February 22, 2021 / 12:44 p.m. CST
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WXIN) – Several inmates were injured in a power outage Monday morning at Marion County Jail II in downtown Indianapolis.
Officials say the power went out shortly before 4:30 a.m. Some inmates fell in the dark, others were injured from fighting in the dark.
The outage at the prison location at 730 E. Washington Street was reported early Monday morning.
“We understand that IPL found problems on their line and they had to disconnect to deal with the ice,” said Marion County Sheriff Kerry J. Forestal. “The electricity was switched off. The generator could not be switched on again. “
Forestal said the generators weren’t tested until Friday.
He said the darkness in the prison lasted “about ten minutes” and at no point was the perimeter breached.
Eight inmates have been hospitalized for minor injuries, but none are considered critical or life-threatening. Three other inmates were treated by the prison’s medical staff for minor injuries.
“Some broken bones that we believe occurred during a fall while moving in the dark,” said Forestal. “Some soft tissue injuries that we believe were caused by fighting among some inmates themselves.”
No weapons were found during a search of the prison.
The city says all inmates have been taken into account.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident.
(This was originally published on February 22nd, 2021)