Slain prisoner was shot by guard

Ian MacAlpine QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:39 AM ET

KINGSTON, Ont. - Millhaven Institution inmate Jordan Trudeau was shot by correctional staff on Sunday as he was stabbing another inmate in the institution's gymnasium, QMI Agency has learned.

One of two other inmates involved was shot and wounded by prison staff while a third inmate, the victim of the stabbing attack, was injured as well.

Trudeau, 29, of Wikwemikong on Manitoulin Island, Ont., was pronounced dead at 7:15 pm on Sunday.

The two wounded cons were sent to Kingston General Hospital with what police described as serious injuries.

Sgt. Christine Rae of the Ontario Provincial Police said police have nothing further to report.

³The post mortem was performed (Tuesday) and the investigation is still ongoing,² she said.

Trudeau arrived at the prison on May 12, 2010. He was serving eight years for robbery and accessory after the fact for a 2009 murder on Manitoulin Island.

In a news release Monday, the Correctional Service said a disturbance broke out among inmates at about 6:30 p.m. in the institution's gymnasium during their regular exercise period. In an attempt to gain control, correctional staff deployed chemical agents and fired shots.

The maximum security unit at Millhaven houses approximately 130 prisoners.

The prison also has about 300 men in an assessment unit, convicts who are new to the federal institution system awaiting classification.

It was the third time in six months where correctional service officers have had to fire shots to quell disturbances.

On Oct. 12 an inmate was shot but not seriously wounded by a correctional officer using a 9-mm rifle when the man refused orders to stop assaulting another prisoner in an outdoor recreation yard.

In early December, 120 inmates in the assessment unit refused to return to their cells from the recreation yard. After they began to barricade themselves in the area, guards fired shotguns and chemical agents to gain control.

Trudeau, along with two other men, was implicated in the death of Clarence

(Tate) Lewis at Gore Bay on Manitoulin Island in January 2009 during a home invasion. Court determined that Travis Esquimaux committed the murder and he received a life sentence with no chance of parole for 15 years.

Court also found that Trudeau and Patrique Garreau took part in the home invasion but were not present at the time of the murder. Garreau was handed an eight-year sentence for his role.

David St. Onge, curator of the Correctional Service of Canada Museum, said the last inmate to be shot and killed by guards at Kingston Penitentiary was Donald St. Germain on July 20, 1984, during a hostage taking in the prison's dome area.

imacalpine@thewhig.com


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