Report says PA jail elevator door gave way, sending 2 to deaths

Officials say an inmate pulled a guard backward into the closed door, and both fell 59 feet

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) – Officials in northeastern Pennsylvania say the fifth-floor door to a county jail elevator swung open as if it was hinged on the top earlier this week, causing a prisoner and guard to break through it and fall to their deaths.

A report released Friday by the Luzerne County district attorney and coroner concluded inmate Timothy Darnell Gilliam Jr., caused the death of correctional officer Kristopher Moules.

It says the incident began late Monday, when Gilliam initiated a “heated discussion” as dinner trays were being distributed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.

The officials say Moules was trying to handcuff Gilliam when the inmate pulled the guard backward into the closed door, which gave way and then closed behind them.

The coroner says both died of injuries from the 59-foot fall.

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