Guard, Inmate Killed in Elevator Shaft Fall
About the Fatal Accident
The guard and inmate were killed on Monday following a brief altercation, Luzerne County Manager David Pedri told reporters at a news conference.
The inmate was identified as Tracy Gilliam, 27, and the identify of the prison guard was not disclosed.
During the altercation, the doors to the elevator shaft opened and the two fell down the shaft, WYOU-TV, the local CBS affiliate reported, citing police.
Pedri declined to answer questions about the nature of the altercation or how the guard and inmate died, WYOU-TV reported. Local authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
Statistics on Correctional Guard Deaths
According to research from the American Correctional Association:
- On average, 11 correction facility work-related fatalities are reported each year.
- Male correctional officers incurred the majority of fatalities and more than two-thirds occurred to officers ages 45 and older.
- Assaults, violent acts, and transportation-related fatalities accounted for 80 percent of all fatalities.