Tennessee correctional facility on lockdown after inmates ‘restrain’ officer, officials say

WHITEVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee correctional facility is on lockdown after inmates held a corrections officer inside a cell Tuesday night.

The incident happened at the Whiteville Correctional Facility.

A spokesperson said non-lethal force was used to end the situation and the officer was released unharmed.

CoreCivic has managed the medium-security facility for the Tennessee Department of Corrections since 1998, according to its website.

CoreCivic’s Public Affairs Manager Matthew Davio sent FOX13 the following statement:

Earlier this evening facility staff at the Whiteville Correctional Facility administered non-lethal force in a housing unit to quickly resolve a small disturbance, during which one officer was briefly restrained by inmates. The officer was released without harm and all inmates were secured in their cells.

Inmates identified as participants in the incident have been separated from the general population for further investigation. As a precautionary measure, and while the incident remains under review, the facility has been placed on lockdown status. This means that inmates are restricted to their housing areas and any inmate movements will be conducted with escort. Tennessee Department of Correction officials were immediately notified of the incident, and an investigation is ongoing.