Security footage has captured the moment every cell door in the maximum security wing of a US prison flew open letting prisoners run riot and nearly leaving one inmate dead.
The CCTV security vision was captured at a Florida prison on June 14 but only surfaced on the Miami Herald's website this week.
The video shows the heavy steel doors all open at the same time, allowing inmates to leave their cells – some brandishing makeshift weapons.
Some have speculated the security breach may have resulted from a computer glitch, but others suspect prison guards may have played a role, the Miami Herald reports.
The video appears to show some prisoners emerge quickly from their cells, apparently ready for the doors to open.
Within seconds a number of prisoners band together and confront another prisoner, Kenneth Williams, who leaps over a second-storey railing in a desperate bid to escape being stabbed.
The dramatic footage, shot from several angles, shows Williams drop to the floor below where he is seen clutching his leg and writhing in pain.
Williams is believed to be a leader of the New Moneii gang hailing from a Liberty City public housing project and his attackers, rival gang members.
Reports confirm he suffered a fractured vertebrae and broken ankle in the fall.
Source: Miami Herald
Author: Chloe Ross, Approving editor: Matthew Henry