Prison officer made threat, DA says

Associated Press / June 15, 2011

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SPRINGFIELD — A sergeant with the state Department of Correction faces allegations that he made a threatening call to a hospital where an escaped convict accused of shooting four people, including two police officers, was being treated.

The May 4 call to Baystate Medical Center was traced to Sergeant Adam Demoranville’s cellphone, Hampden District Attorney Mark Mastroianni said yesterday.

According to the prosecutor, an employee who answered the phone at a nurse’s station in the hospital’s intensive care unit told investigators the male caller said: “I am going to [expletive] kill you.’’ The woman said there were three earlier calls that evening in which she heard only loud music and people talking in the background.

Tamik Kirkland, 24, was being treated in the ICU for serious gunshot wounds sustained in a shootout with police.

Kirkland was accused of escaping from a state prison in Shirley in the early morning hours of April 25 with plans to avenge the wounding of his mother during a shooting in Springfield a few days earlier. Police say Kirkland returned to Springfield, killed a man, shot two police officers, and injured a fourth person April 30.

Mastroianni said in a statement that Demoranville was not part of a detail of correction officers and Springfield police who were guarding the unit where Kirkland was being treated.

The investigation found that Demoranville was watching a Boston Bruins game at a social gathering and got the phone number for the nurse’s station from another correction employee’s paperwork, Mastroianni said.

The origin of the three other calls could not be determined, the district attorney said.

The prosecutor said he would seek criminal complaints against Demoranville for threatening to commit a crime and disorderly conduct.

Diane Wiffin, a spokeswoman for the Department of Correction, told the Republican newspaper of Springfield the incident was a personnel matter and that she could not comment further.