Update: Disturbance At TCIX

Monday, April 10, 2017 | 6:38pm

TDOC Releases Names of Inmates Involved

ONLY – Four of the 16 inmates involved in yesterday’s disturbance have been moved to Riverbend Maximum Security Institution, while the other 12 remain at Morgan County Correctional Complex, a maximum security facility in East Tennessee.  Inmates Michael Mills #450434, Nicholas Durant #534795, Victor Sparkman #478468, and Ronnie Akins #420016 were moved as a result of the ongoing investigation into yesterday’s incident.  A list of all 16 offenders is included below as an additional attachment.

The incident began in a housing unit at approximately 4:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon.  During the course of the disturbance, two officers were stabbed multiple times and the third was severely physically assaulted in an unprovoked attack by individuals with suspected gang ties.  Two of those officers, Ball and Nielsen were removed from the unit immediately.  Officer Jesse Shockley was held hostage for approximately three hours.  TDOC’s Special Operations Unit responded and regained control of the unit without force at approximately 7:00 p.m., allowing Officer Shockley to be removed without further incident.  All three officers were taken by helicopter to a local hospital.  There were no other injuries.  All 16 inmates involved were taken to Morgan County Correctional Complex, a maximum security facility, last night.

The Department continues to work closely with other law enforcement agencies including the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, which we have asked to assist in the investigation into the events.

“I spent time with two of those officers this morning, and we continue to pray for and support the officers and their families.  I’d like to thank the numerous community leaders who have reached out to express their support for both the officers and the agency” says Commissioner Tony Parker.  “We stand with the brave men and women who serve daily as correctional professionals and we will investigate and vigorously seek prosecution against anyone who threatens their safety.”

The Tennessee Department of Correction wishes to thank our government and law enforcement partners for their assistance, including the TBI, Hickman County Sheriff’s Office, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.