Corrections officers injured in assault

Four taken to the hospital, prison on lockdown

Steve Simpson
September 18, 2018 - 6:57 am

For the second time in less than a month, a state prison is on lockdown after a scuffle between an inmate and corrections officers.

The incident occurred at 11:30 Monday morning in the dining hall at the Faribault prison when the inmate allegedly punched an officer in the face. When other officers came to help, three of them were also injured. 

The inmate was moved from the general population to restrictive housing. It's not clear whether or not he was injured.

The incident remains under investigation. 

Last week, the prison in Rush City was placed on lockdown when an officer was attacked there. That officer is expected to recover.

After the death of Corrections Officer Joseph Gomm at the Stillwater Prison in July, many officers have become vocal about what they say is a lack of appropriate staffing levels in the prison system statewide. 

The Department of Corrections says they have asked for money for increased funding for additional guards, but have been turned back by the state legislature.