Cumberland Times-News

July 10, 2013

Four correctional officers injured in second NBCI incident since Friday

All taken to hospital following incident at state prison

From Staff Reports
Cumberland Times-News

— CRESAPTOWN — Four correctional officers at the North Branch Correctional Institution reportedly suffered minor injuries after an inmate attacked one officer and the other three came to his aid Tuesday night.

All four injured officers were treated at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for apparently minor injuries.

“The situation began with an apparently unprovoked assault on a correctional officer by one inmate. Three responding officers suffered minor injuries while coming to the aid of the assaulted officer,” said Mark Vernarelli, Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services spokesman.

The incident is the second assault of a correctional officer at the maximum-security NBCI on McMullen Highway in the last several days.

The Allegany County 911 center had no record of any ambulance response or transports from NBCI after 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Friday, a dietary worker was attacked in the kitchen when an inmate reportedly struck him in the head with a push broom. The injured officer required medical treatment and stitches and staples for injuries to his head. He was taken to the hospital by ambulance and was accompanied by the warden.

An investigation into Friday’s incident has identified a 48-year-old inmate who was involved in the attack.

The inmate, who is serving a life sentence for murder, has since been transferred to another prison and  criminal charges of first-degree assault are pending.

Tuesday night’s incident is also under investigation by the DPSCS internal investigative unit.