In­mate hos­pi­tal shoot­ing un­likely to hap­pen here, union pres­i­dent says

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Kyle Smylie The Drumheller Mail

An in­mate is fac­ing three charges of at­tempted mur­der af­ter dis­arm­ing a guard while he was on a med­i­cal es­cort to a Kingston hos­pi­tal last week, where he man­aged to dis­arm one of his armed es­corts and shot at a fam­ily mem­ber of a pa­tient. But a cor­rec­tions ser­vice union spokesper­son says it is a rare cir­cum­stance that is un­likely to hap­pen here in Drumheller, where in­mates are a reg­u­lar sight at the Drumheller Health Cen­tre. There are pro­to­cols in place to en­sure escorted in­mates are kept un­der con­trol. A threat-risk as­sess­ment is done for each in­di­vid­ual in­mate prior to be­ing granted leave. The war­den signs off on se­cu­rity mea­sures, and medium or max­i­mum se­cu­rity in­mates are au­to­mat­i­cally escorted with two armed of­fi­cers. In Kingston, news agen­cies re­ported the in­mate man­aged to un­hol­ster one of the guard’s guns af­ter he was taken out of hand­cuffs to use the re­stroom, with the CBC say­ing there may have been is­sues with the three-stage hol­ster, which are sup­posed to be dif­fi­cult to open. Prairie re­gion cor­rec­tions union pres­i­dent James Bloom­field says he re­viewed the in­ci­dent and says he can’t fault the of­fi­cers in­volved. “The of­fi­cers did an amaz­ing job given the sit­u­a­tion. There was a pos­si­ble equip­ment mal­func­tion that hap­pened and the re­al­ity of the sit­u­a­tion was it was an all out fight that turned into them get­ting con­trol of the in­mate,” Bloom­field says. “It’s a very rare thing… I can’t re­mem­ber any­thing in my ca­reer of some­thing like that hap­pen­ing. At this point our pro­ce­dures are safe, there’s pro­to­cols in place in Drumheller to make sure noth­ing like that hap­pens.” “We will be do­ing our own in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the in­ci­dent, and any gaps or con­cerns or is­sues that need to be ad­dressed will be dealt with swiftly,” Cur­tis Jack­son, An as­sis­tant deputy com­mis­sioner at Cor­rec­tional Ser­vice Canada, said as re­ported by the CBC. “I have no in­for­ma­tion at this point that there was a mal­func­tion of equip­ment … I can say our equip­ment is of the high­est stan­dard, con­sis­tent with po­lice agen­cies.”

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