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MCI-Hagerstown officer allegedly assaulted by inmate

February 10, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

A Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown officer allegedly was assaulted Tuesday afternoon by an inmate he was moving to a segregation ward, Division of Correction Spokesman Ron Leverette said.

Leverette said an inmate became "agitated" when he was being moved by two officers about 4:30 p.m. from his B2 tier cell and hit one of the officers "in the back of the head." Leverette said the inmate's cellmate became involved.

Leverette said the officer did not need medical treatment.

After the officer was assaulted, "A security sergeant came onto the scene. Two of the three officers subdued the first inmate and took him to a segregation unit," Leverette said.

There were no weapons used in the assault, but Leverette said, "Ultimately, they did find a weapon after they shook down the next cell over."

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Leverette said an officer saw an inmate "throw something into another cell and found it was a shank."

The alleged assault was under investigation and no charges had been filed by Thursday, Leverette said.

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