OLDHAM COUNTY, KY (WAVE) - An investigation into what happened when convicted robber and burglar Christopher Claxton overpowered a corrections officer shows the incident could have been avoided.
Claxton was being held at the Kentucky State Reformatory in Oldham County on April 4, 2012 when officers said they heard an inmate screaming. When they arrived at Claxton's cell they found him laying face down in a pool of blood, according to interviews.
The investigation showed that Claxton left a suicide note in his cell before he was transported to Baptist Hospital Northeast. That's where doctor's say he was treated only for lacerations and as he was being discharged pushed a female officer, took a gun and left the hospital only in his underwear. The officer told investigation Claxton claimed "I'm not going back there" before he left.
That officer admitted she screwed up when she completely unrestrained Claxton to dress him in a jumpsuit. Officers at the Reformatory say they did not put him in a jumpsuit before leaving for the hospital because they were concerned it was a life or death situation.
The female officer who was pushed said she never had on the job training for transporting inmates, but said she had been told to never leave an inmate fully unrestrained.
Officers told investigators they did not dress him in a jumpsuit before leaving the State Reformatory because they thought it was a life and death situation.
When at the hospital, nurses on staff said Claxton was flirting with that guard he eventually pushed over and took her gun before leaving the hospital on his own.
The investigators also said corrections officers also made a mistake when they did not check Claxton's level of custody when he was transported to the hospital.
As a result of the incident, the state said there needs to be more training for officers on restraining inmates at the hospital as well as different shifts for medical personnel among other recommendation for changes to protocol.
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