A group of Texas inmates broke free from their jail cell to save the life of a lone guard who collapsed after having a heart attack.
At least eight prisoners were behind a locked door in a holding cell in the District Courts Building in Weatherford, Texas, on June 23, when the sole guard watching them slumped over unconscious, WFAA reports.
“He just fell over,” inmate Nick Kelton told the news station. “Looked like an act. [He] could have died right there.”
The men who were all shackled tried shouting for help. When no one came, they broke out of their holding room, risking their own lives to help the guard who wishes to remain anonymous.
“We were worried they’re going to come with guns drawn on us,” Kelton said.
After determining the guard had no pulse, the inmates screamed and banged on the doors, hoping to attract the attention of deputies upstairs.
Parker County Sheriff’s Sergeant Ryan Speegle said he thought the inmates were taking over when he rushed downstairs and found them standing over the guard.
“[The guard] had keys,” Speegle said. “Had a gun. It could have been an extremely bad situation.”
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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Tiare Dunlap