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MCI-Hagerstown officers in good condition after assault

February 01, 2012

Four correctional officers at the Maryland Correctional Institution—Hagerstown were treated for injuries they suffered while restraining an inmate Wednesday morning, state prison officials said.

The incident started when an officer was struck by an inmate as he prepared to escort the inmate to a medical appointment, the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services said in a news release.

Other officers immediately responded to the assault, using pepper spray and physical force to restrain the inmate, the release said. The officer who was struck and three other officers who were exposed to the pepper spray were treated at a local clinic.

All four officers were in good condition, the release said.

The inmate will be transferred to North Branch Correctional Institution, the state’s maximum-security prison near Cumberland, the release said.

State prison officials are investigating the incident.

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