Video footage shows Austin Allen, 31, attacking correctional officers at Cook County Jail in Chicago
This is the shocking moment an inmate who was jailed for domestic battery fought at least a dozen guards even after they pepper sprayed him.
Austin Allen, 31, lunged at a guard in the hallway of Cook County Jail in Chicago and dragged him to the ground.
It is not known why he decided to attack and the incident is still under investigation. The brawl lasted four and a half minutes, with the officers pinning Allen to the ground in the final two minutes.
However, officials said he entered an unauthorized area prior to the attack.
In the video, two other correctional officers attempt to pry Allen off of the guard.
A third officer grabs the guard in distress’s feet to yank him out from underneath the inmate.
During the violent brawl one officer broke his leg when Allen pulled him to the ground according to NBC 5 Chicago.
At least 19 officers were seen attempting to subdue Austin Allen during the prison brawl on August 24
A minute into the video, seven officers surrounded Allen who had ripped off his shirt. He stands up and walks back towards the officers and three pepper sprayed him.
A total of 19 different correctional officers appeared in the footage that lasts nearly five minutes.
The inmate grabs towards the pepper spray and lunges towards an officer again then approximately a dozen officers attempt to subdue him. Allen swings at an officer, striking his head, and then several officers start punching at the inmate.
For the final two minutes of the video, between 10 to 12 officers hold down Allen and appear to handcuff him.
After an officer was dragged out from underneath Allen, he stood back up to confront the other guards who pepper sprayed him
One officer broke his leg during the assault. Allen is now facing charges of aggravated battery and two counts of felony resisting
The dramatic footage was captured on August 24. Allen, who was in jail on a charge of domestic battery, is now facing charges of aggravated battery and two counts of felony resisting. His bail was initially set at $5,000.
Cook County Sheriffs Office said three correctional deputies were treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Cook County Jail Executive Director Nneka Jones Tapia told ABC 7 Chicago: ‘I don’t know what precipitated the event, and hopefully that will come out in the investigation.’