Interview with Philip Watkins
QUESTION 21
JAMES A. DeVINNEY:

OK, I'm going to stop you because I want you to back up, you were still in prison uniform at this point, so how did they recognize you? Tell me what happened when they first saw you?

PHILIP WATKINS:

Well, ah, as I was, after I got away from the inmates, the inmate that was holding me, ah, there was other guards down in the yard that were in the group of inmate, ah, group of hostages and when I got down, this trooper, this trooper actually put a gun on me but I told him I was a CO and then he got the high sign from a--

JAMES A. DeVINNEY:

You have to tell me the story and tell me that you were in uniform because we don't know that.

PHILIP WATKINS:

I was, I was in inmates clothing, OK. All through the riot I was in an inmate's clothing. And I'm running, OK, this trooper might have thought I was an inmate but he told me to hit the ground and I did hit the ground and then I told them I was a hostage and they had officers go into the yard with the troopers to help identify us. And one of the officers that did go in the yard identified me and then he took me up the ladder after I was identified. Before that the weapon was on me.