A group of Texas inmates rushed out of their holding cell when their guard fell forward and lay unconscious.
Although the inmates were in cuffs, they made enough noise to draw the attention of other deputies for help.
In the incident, which occurred on June 23 in a holding cell in the basement of the District Courts Building in Weatherford, eight prisoners were behind bars, while the guard was sitting outside. He had been joking with the inmates when he suddenly fell forward and lay unconscious.
“He just fell over,” inmate Nick Kelton said, as reported by KHOU. “Looked like an act. Could have died right there.”
The unconscious guard had no pulse. The inmates made noises loud enough – they screamed and banged on doors – so other deputies could hear them and tend to the unconscious guard. One of the inmates said the deputies “thought it was a big old fight going on down there.”
“It could have been an extremely bad situation,” according to Sgt. Ryan Speegle, who said the unconscious guard had a set of keys and a gun on him. After the deputies arrived at the scene, they rushed the inmates back into their holding cell while paramedics performed CPR. Subsequently, the guard regained his pulse, as reported by WFAA.
In an interview, Kelton said the guard was a “good man.”
“It never crossed my mind whether he’s got a gun or a badge,” Kelton said. “If he falls down, I’ll help him.”
According to Capt. Mark Arnett, the inmates helped the guard and may have even saved his life. “He could have been there 15 minutes before any other staff walked in and found him,” Arnett said.
The guard, who works for a private contractor, has not been identified by the officials.
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