Last updated: February 10. 2014 5:49PM -
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CELINA — A correctional officer at the Mercer County Jail hurt his ankle when he and others confronted an inmate with a homemade shank.

The name of the inmate was not being released because of the ongoing investigation, Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said Monday. Grey also did not release the name of the injured officer.

Grey said once the investigation was complete and the prosecutor has reviewed the case and filed charges, the inmate’s name will be released. He said the inmate is not likely to be released soon, so officials have time to investigate and file charges.

The inmate had “a few scrapes and scratches to his head, hands and neck,” Grey said in a written statement.

The correctional officer was treated and will miss a few days of work, Grey said.

The incident happened around 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mercer County Jail in Celina. The male inmate created a disturbance, which led correctional officers to check on him, Grey said.

When officers entered the cellblock, the inmate refused to follow orders. As officers approached the man, they noticed he had a homemade shank, Grey said.

The officers moved in to take away the weapon, and a fight started. Officers were able to disarm the inmate, Grey said.

Deputies on patrol were called to the jail to assist, and the inmate was put in a segregated cell, Grey said.

After the incident ended, officers discovered the inmate had filed a “spork” eating utensil into a sharp weapon using the cellblock wall and intercom in his cell, Grey said.

“The spork was filed to a point and capable of stabbing someone,” Grey said.

The inmate is now served food he can eat with his hands on a Styrofoam plate, Grey said.

Grey said the incident highlights the potential for danger inside the jail. He said the majority of inmates behave, but there’s always the chance for problems.

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