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Two MCTC inmates placed in segregation

August 12, 2005

Two inmates believed involved in two separate attacks at the Maryland Correctional Training Center in recent days - one on another prisoner Monday and the other on a correctional officer Thursday - were segregated from the main prison population while investigations continue, a prison spokeswoman said.

Shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday, a 35-year-old MCTC correctional officer was taken to Washington County Hospital by ambulance after he was assaulted while escorting a prisoner from Quonset Hut 2 to B Tier at the prison south of Hagerstown, according to Maj. Priscilla Doggett.

The inmate, who was handcuffed, apparently swung his arms back and struck the officer walking behind him on the right side of his face.

Doggett said the officer and the inmate were evaluated by prison medical staff and were taken to Washington County Hospital.

"The officer was still being assessed at the hospital," Doggett said Thursday at 8 p.m.

The inmate had been treated and released from the hospital by 8 p.m. He will remain in segregation pending the outcome of the investigation, Doggett said.

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The Monday evening incident resulted in a 44-year-old inmate being admitted to Washington County Hospital with deep cuts to his ear, Doggett said.

"That inmate was admitted for treatment of nonlife-threatening injuries," she said Thursday night.

A piece of broken glass believed to be the weapon was recovered after the 10:15 p.m. incident Monday in Housing Unit 6 in C Tier's recreation hall.

Correctional officers saw several inmates huddled around another inmate and when they investigated, they found the victim on the floor in a pool of blood, Doggett said.

An inmate was identified in that incident and has been placed in segregation, she said.

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