Correctional officer hospitalized after morning attack


FORT MADISON – Iowa State Penitentiary was placed on lockdown/restricted movement Wednesday, October 18, 2017 after an incident involving a staff assault.

The staff member was beginning an escort when the offender struck the staff multiple times with a weapon. The staff member, with assistance from responding staff, were able to subdue the offender.

The staff member was initially sent via ambulance to Fort Madison Community Hospital, but was then transported via ambulance to the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City.

The offender is identified as Keith Piper 6114510 who began his 45 year sentence out of Jasper County for Habitual Offender (Person).

No information was available on the correctional officer or the extent of his injuries.

Visiting for all offenders will be suspended until further notice.

This incident remains under investigation and no further information is available at this time.

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