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June 17, 2011

Correctional officer seriously injured in alleged inmate attack at WCI

CRESAPTOWN — The Maryland director for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Patrick Moran, said Friday that a correctional officer of the Western Correctional Institution was seriously injured during an alleged assault by an inmate Thursday night.

The officer suffered a broken jaw and a broken nose and was taken by ambulance to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center following the incident.

Moran said the assault occurred after the officer reportedly confiscated contraband pornographic material.

The attack ended when other correctional officers intervened, Moran said.

The incident is being investigated by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Internal Investigation Unit.

“This is a dangerous enough job already without question. They call these isolated incidents. The fact of the matter is they should lock everyone down and all the inmates should face the consequences and be held accountable when they egg on the inmate to attack this officer,” said Moran, who expressed outrage over the incident.

Erin Julius, spokesman for the Division of Correction, said late Friday afternoon the incident occurred at 11:25 p.m., when the officer “patted down the inmate and the inmate then turned and began striking the officer.”

The inmate was subdued by intervening officers who used pepper spray.

The inmate was treated at the prison by medical personnel after being sprayed. The inmate was transferred to the North Branch Correctional Institution.

Julius said the injured officer suffered a cheek bone fracture and “is home recuperating.”

Contact Jeffrey Alderton at jlalderton@times-news.com.

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