Inmates injured, power goes out during incident at Jail in Downtown Indianapolis

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WXIN)-A power outage Monday morning at the Marion County Jail II in downtown Indianapolis left several inmates injured.

Officials say the power went out sometime before 4:30 a.m. They say some inmates fell in the dark, and others were hurt by fighting in the darkness.

The outage at the jail location at 730 E. Washington Street was reported early Monday morning.

“From our understanding, IPL was tracking down problems in their line and they needed to disconnect the line to deal with the ice,” said Marion County Sheriff Kerry J. Forestal. “In doing so it shut the power off. The generator failed to come back on.”

Forestal said the generators were just tested on Friday.

He said the darkness inside the jail lasted “about ten minutes” and at no time was the perimeter breached.

Eight inmates were transported to the hospital for minor injuries, but none are believed to be critical or life-threatening. Three other inmates were treated by the jail’s medical staff for less serious injuries.

“Some broken bones we believe occurred during a fall when they were moving around in the dark,” said Forestal. “Some soft tissue injuries we believe occurred because of fighting amongst some inmates themselves.”

No weapons were found during a search of the jail.

The city says all inmates have been accounted for.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office will investigate the incident.

(This was originally published February 22, 2021)

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