Cumberland Times-News

August 30, 2013

Two WCI officers sent to hospital

From Staff Reports
Cumberland Times-News

— CRESAPTOWN — Two Western Correctional Institution correctional officers went to the hospital Thursday night after an assault by a mental health inmate at the prison, according to the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

Shortly after 7 p.m., the inmate in a housing unit struck a male officer in the face. That 16-year veteran officer suffered facial and arm injuries.

 A female officer who responded to the incident went to the hospital as a result of exposure to pepper spray.

 The inmate has been placed in special observation housing. He is 32 years old and serving a 5 1/2-year sentence for assault and weapons charges.

The department’s Internal Investigative Unit has been notified.