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Inmate is stabbed at MCI

August 30, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

A Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown inmate was stabbed Monday morning while walking to his cell from lunch, Maryland Division of Correction Spokesman George Gregory said.

The inmate, who is serving five years for possession with intent to distribute, was taken to the prison infirmary for treatment, Gregory said. The inmate was not taken to Washington County Hospital, Gregory said.

Three inmates were under investigation, but no charges had been filed by Tuesday, Gregory said.

The H Tier, the housing unit where the stabbing occurred, was locked down until about 5 p.m. Monday while officers searched for weapons.

As inmates were returning to their cells from lunch about 11 a.m., a correctional officer noticed inmates running and called for assistance, Gregory said. Officers found that an inmate had been stabbed with a handmade shank, but no weapons were found at the time, he said.

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Gregory said that while the tier was locked down, officers found five homemade weapons in the area of the tier. The housing unit was under normal operations Tuesday, Gregory said.

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