Rikers Island inmate rips out his own eyeball in front of COs

The officers, who were screaming at him to stop, grabbed the inmate's upper body and placed him on a gurney after the incident


By Sarah Calams

NEW YORK — A Rikers Island inmate was hospitalized over the weekend after sources say he gouged out his own eyeball.

The New York Daily News reported that the Anna M. Kross Center inmate ripped out his left eyeball in front of a group of correctional officers. The officers, who were screaming at him to stop, grabbed the inmate's upper body and placed him on a gurney after the incident.

He was later taken to the prison clinic for a mental health observation.

Doctors were able to reattach the inmate's eyeball, which was still attached by his optic nerve. However, he later grabbed a nearby item and ripped the eyeball out again, according to the report. 

Additional details regarding the incident were not immediately available.

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