Sheriff: Inmate created shank from a spork

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CELINA, Ohio (WANE) – Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey released information Monday morning on an incident at the jail last week.

According to Grey, on Feb. 6 an inmate became unruly in a jail cell around 6:30 p.m. and failed to comply with orders from confinement officers once they entered the cell block.

As officers approached the inmate they noticed he had a homemade shank. The inmate then got into a physical confrontation before being disarmed by confinement officers, according to Grey. Additional police officers were called to the jail and the inmate was placed on lockdown.

Grey said an investigation revealed the inmate had filed a spork eating utensil into a sharp weapon on the wall and intercom in his cell.

“The spork was filed to a point and capable of stabbing someone,” Grey said in an email statement. “This inmate is currently being served finger food on a Styrofoam plate only. The majority of inmates act responsibly, but this is a reminder to all of us and to our citizens, that we do house dangerous criminals in our facility.”

Grey said one corrections officer injured his ankle. He has since received treatment for his injury and is expected to be off work for several days. Grey did not release the name of the confinement officer.

The inmate suffered scrapes and scratches to his head, hands, and neck.

Grey said the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating and reviewing the case. As of Monday morning, charges have not been filed against the inmate.

Grey said in an email the inmate is not likely to be released from jail soon and said there is no rush to file charges.

Grey said he expects to release the name of the inmate once the investigation is completed.


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