He attempted to retrieve the items from the floor while corrections officers ordered him to stop, exposing himself and the officers to the substance.
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Deputies and corrections officers were able to secure Garner in a holding cell after the incident.
The corrections officers who were exposed began feeling ill, Whittaker said. Garner lapsed into unconscious and became unresponsive.
Greenville Twp. Fire and Rescue was dispatched.
The jail was locked down and out of service for approximately 2 hours during the investigation and decontamination process.
No other inmates were at risk.
Samples of the substance will be sent to the crime lab for processing and identification, Whittaker said.
Once the investigation is completed, it will be forwarded to the county prosecutor for review.
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