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Eight Prisoners Break Free To Save A Guard's Life

Rain Varela | PopWrapped Author

Rain Varela

Staff Writer
07/17/2016 7:11 pm
PopWrapped | Current Events
Eight Prisoners Break Free To Save A Guard's Life | Prisoners
Media Courtesy of Texas Instructor

They may be behind bars but does not mean that they are all bad.

Eight prisoners in Parker County, Texas broke free from their holding cell to save their jailer from an apparent heart attack, despite the fact that they may get in trouble for doing so.

The incident happened in the basement of the District Courts Building in Weatherford on June 23.

Eight prisoners were locked behind a cell and were being watched over by a lone guard outside. Things seemed amicable between the jailer and inmates since he was joking with them. But things took a dark turn when the guard keeled over.

“He just fell over..Looked like an act. Could have died right there.” recalled Nick Kelton, one of the inmates.

Realizing that their jailer may be in danger, the inmates began screaming for help. When there was no response, they somehow managed to burst out of their cell.

They found that their guard had no pulse so they continued screaming and banging on doors. This got the attention of deputies upstairs who came running down, but understandably they thought the Inmates were causing trouble.

“They thought it was a fight,” said another Inmate Floyd Smith, “they thought we were taking over.”

Ryan Speegle a Parker County Sherrif's Sargent said he had no idea what to expect when he got to the basement and pointed out that the guard "had keys, had a gun" and that "it could have been an extremely bad situation."

When he arrived below, he saw all eight inmates still shackled standing over an unconscious guard. To anyone that would look very suspicious.

One inmate even tried to reach for the radio which is near the gun, but Kelton explained that they were planning to "to call 'Mayday' or something ."

Sgt. Speegle still not understanding the situation, subdued the inmates and ushered them back in to the cell. Deputies then started CPR on the guard and paramedics were called.

They were able to shock him, as a result he gained a pulse, and relieved inmates watched him regain life.

“He could have been there 15 minutes before any other staff walked in and found him,” Captain. Mark Arnett said, noting that the quick response may have saved his life.

Officials have refused to name the guard who works for a private contractor.

And as for the cell the inmates managed to break out off? Understandably it was immediately reinforced.


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