Corrections officer Kris Moules, 25, was killed in a fight with an inmate Monday night at the Luzerne County Prison in Wilkes-Barre, PA, when the two men fell down an elevator shaft.
Both the officer and the inmate are dead and county officials are pledging to make sure nothing like this ever happens again, reports WNEP.
Luzerne County manager David Pedri said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon that the incident occurred Monday shortly before 6 p.m. after a fight broke out on the fifth floor. He said they crashed into the elevator doors, and the doors somehow opened.
The two men then fell five flights to their deaths.
“It’s a sad and tragic matter, a freak accident, that we will learn from, and a matter that will help us get better,” said Pedri.
The elevator door is blocked off with wood, and police are investigating why those elevators doors suddenly opened.
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At least 23 Russian servicemen were killed and 19 were injured after military barracks collapsed in the Siberian city of Omsk on Sunday evening, Reuters reported.
The incident happened at around 11 PM, when part of the roof in a section of the building caved in causing several floors to collapse.
A plane with medical equipment was sent from Moscow and some of the injured soldiers were flown to the capital for treatment.
According to state-run television channel Rossiya 24 quote by the Wall Street Journal, it is not clear what caused the building to collapse and investigators are looking into possible causes and examining the quality of the building’s renovation work three years ago.
The barracks were built in 1975 and had been used as a training facility for paratroopers.
According to Reuters the training centre was also used for training junior officers and armoured infantry vehicle drivers, among others.
Russia is well known for poor safety standards in buildings construction.
Two people were killed over the weekend after a residential building in the city of Perm collapsed.
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