WCI

CRESAPTOWN — Four correctional officers were injured Tuesday afternoon as they attempted to control a fight between inmates at the Western Correctional Institution, according to Maryland's Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

One officer was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center with a stab wound to the arm and cut to the side, Mark Vernarelli, a spokesman with the agency, said via email.

Three officers went to local urgent care clinics following the 1:30 p.m. incident — one with an injured wrist, another with a neck or back injury and a third with two minor stab wounds, Vernarelli said.

The injured officers were alert and responsive when they left the prison, he said.

Two inmates were also stabbed. Both were transported by ambulance to the medical center.

The inmate believed to be responsible for the injuries was identified by prison officials, Vernarelli said. 

Fire and rescue units from Cresaptown and Bowling Green volunteer fire departments, the Allegany Department of Emergency Services and Cumberland Fire Department responded.

WCI is a maximum-security prison with approximately 1,700 male inmates. 

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