Officer stabbed at prison

September 14, 2007|By Richard Irwin

Jessup Correctional Institution was locked down after an inmate stabbed an officer last night, a Maryland Department of Safety and Correctional Services spokeswoman said.

The officer is hospitalized. A homemade knife thought to have been used in the stabbing was recovered, said Priscilla Doggett, the spokeswoman.

About 5:15 p.m., the 40-year-old officer was escorting a 20-year-old inmate from his cell when the inmate failed to comply with an order, Doggett said. He stabbed the officer in the upper torso and face before other officers subdued him, she said.

Neither the officer, a 10-year veteran, nor the inmate, who is serving a life sentence for murder, was identified.

Doggett said the officer was taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was reported in good condition.

The inmate, who was not injured, was placed in segregation, she said.

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