Inspection Planned at Elevator Where Guard and Inmate Died

A group of inspectors, engineers, attorneys and videographers is scheduled to examine a Pennsylvania jail elevator where a corrections officer and an inmate smashed through a door during a scuffle and plunged down an open shaft to their deaths.

Investigators have said correctional officer Kristopher Moules was trying to handcuff Timothy Gilliam Jr. during a July altercation at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility in Wilkes-Barre when the inmate pulled the guard backward into the closed elevator door, which gave way.

The elevator remains out of service.

The (Wilkes-Barre) Times Leader reports Wednesday's scheduled inspection is the result of a court petition by Schindler Elevator Corp., which had been involved in the elevator's maintenance. The elevator company, an inspection firm, representatives of the two families and a county official will also take part.

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