Riot at a Florida Juvenile Detention Center Injured 2 Officers, 5 Inmates

07/06/2011 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Daytona Beach, FL — A massive fight at a juvenile detention center near Daytona Beach injured two corrections officers and five juveniles on Monday, July 4, 2011, as staff members were trying to discipline an inmate. The riot broke out at 7:09 p.m., which involved at least 38 detainees, reported the News-Journal Online.

According to officials, deputies were disciplining an inmate for breaking state property when the fight broke out. A suspected 11 juvenile inmates started the riot.

“Several inmates became upset with staff and began to riot and fight other inmates,” reports stated.

Nineteen inmates in the Charlie Pod were involved in the fight because they were not in lockdown and were able to freely move around. As the fight in Charlie Pod was occurring, another fight broke out in the Delta Pod. The Department of Juvenile Justice Special Response Team was brought in to stop the fights.

As a result of the riot, two corrections officers, identified as Michelle McGuirk and Edwardo McHenry, suffered minor injuries.

Five juvenile detainees identified as Cody Cunningham, 16; Devon Womack, 16; Casey Mason, 15; Dakota Coakley, 17; and Charles Coppolino, 16, were transported to Halifax Health Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

The fight is under investigation and no charges have been filed at this time.

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