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Two corrections officers assaulted by prisoners

October 20, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

Two Maryland Correctional Training Center officers were allegedly punched by inmates Oct. 11 in two separate areas of the medium-security prison south of Hagerstown, Division of Correction Public Information Officer George Gregory said.

Gregory said the first assault occurred at about 1:15 p.m. and the second assault occurred 15 minutes later. In both assaults, the inmates who allegedly punched or charged the officers were taken to the prison's infirmary for standard evaluation and then placed in segregation.

In the first assault, an officer was punched in the face allegedly by the inmate he was trying to handcuff after he returned from the recreation hall, Gregory said.

Another officer helped take the inmate to the ground and restrain him.

In the second assault, an officer gave two inmates in the courtyard "direct orders" to leave, but the inmates refused, Gregory said. The officer called for backup and ordered the inmates again to leave, but the inmates continued to refuse, he said.

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When the officers tried to put handcuffs on the inmates, one of the inmates punched an officer in the face and the other inmate unsuccessfully charged another officer, he said. The inmates eventually were restrained.

Maryland Correctional Training Center is a medium-security prison that houses about 2,700 inmates in a state prison complex south of Hagers- town.

- Pepper Ballard

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