Prisoner Injured by a Warning Shot

In White v. State (1994) 47 Ill. Ct. Cl. 344, claimant was denied his claim for negligence when a tower guard fired a warning shot after an altercation between two inmates and a correctional officer ensued. The officer fired a warning shot into the ceiling, which was ignored by the combatants. The officer then fired a shot on the floor near the inmate. White was struck by pellets from a birdshot that ricocheted off the floor. White sustained injuries to the back and groin area and demanded $20,000. The Court declined to find liability holding that the officer's actions were reasonable under the circumstances and that inmates have a reasonable right to personal safety Id at 347.