Inmate assaults staff at Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center

An inmate assaulted and injured staff members at the Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center Tuesday morning, according to the state Department of Correction.

On Tuesday, at approximately 8:50 a.m., Darryl Morin, 36, of Chaplin, became combative with corrections staff after displaying disoriented behavior in a dining hall and running from an officer who tried to approach him.

After Morin began to run, several corrections officers assisted in trying to detain him.

Six officers, according to DOC, were then exposed to and tested for possible exposure to blood borne pathogens because of the altercation. Of those six officers, two suffered injuries: one a torn ligament in his thumb; the other, a back injury.

Additional details of the altercation between Morin and staff were not detailed by DOC Wednesday.

Morin was then taken to an area hospital and was admitted for treatment. Due to patient privacy regulations, DOC would not disclose the nature of injuries he sustained.

Morin was admitted to Corrigan Monday after he failed to post a $25,000 bond on charges of second-degree larceny and interfering with a police officer in connection with allegedly stealing a car in Chaplin earlier this week, state police said.

Around 5 p.m. Monday, state police said someone called to report that a man, later found to be Morin, had waved down their car asking to be driven to state police headquarters. Morin told the driver that he had arrest warrants.

Morin then stole the victim’s car and drove off with it, state police said.

A trooper responding to the call spotted the stolen car as he approached the area and stopped Morin.

During the stop, state police said Morin became combative with the trooper and was tased and handcuffed after attempting to reach into his pocket. Police later seized a knife from that pocket.

Morin was transported and evaluated at Windham Hospital as a precautionary measure. The vehicle was later returned to the victim, police said.

The Department of Correction and the Connecticut State Police are continuing to investigate Tuesday’s incident at the prison.

Staff writer Lindsay Boyle contributed to this report.

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