North Branch Correctional Institution

CRESAPTOWN — Four people, including two correctional officers, suffered non-life-threatening injuries as the result of an altercation at the North Branch Correctional Institution Tuesday afternoon, according to the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

The officers reportedly broke up a fight at about 2 p.m. between two inmates in the dining hall area. A male officer suffered two puncture wounds while a female officer experienced breathing problems, officials said. The two inmates also received injuries from a homemade weapon.

The four were taken to Western Maryland Regional Medical Center by ambulances from the Cresaptown Volunteer Fire Department and Cumberland Fire Department.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the wounded officers and their families,” AFSCME Maryland Local 898 President Jeff Grabenstein said in a news release Tuesday afternoon. “Just days after the state’s budget analysts found that Maryland government is critically understaffed, hardworking public service employees nearly lost their lives today because of the unsafe working conditions allowed to continue under this administration.”

No further information from DPSCS was available on the incident, which remains under investigation.

CUMBERLAND TIMES-NEWS, ctn@times-news.com

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