Officers use pepper spray after attack on ISP staff

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
PCC EDITOR

FORT MADISON – Three correctional officers were assaulted by an inmate at the Iowa State Penitentiary on Wednesday. 

According to release from the Iowa Department of Corrections, three officers were attempting to escort an inmate to the infirmary for medical attention when the inmate unexpectedly began attacking the officers with closed-fist strikes.

While the three officers were attempting to restrain the inmate, another officer in the unit called for additional assistance and used pepper spray to assist in gaining control of the inmate, and resolved the incident. 

The three officers were taken by department vehicle to receive treatment at the local hospital. They have since been treated and released. The inmate was found to have not suffered any major injuries. 

This incident remains under investigation. Cord Overton, Communications Director at the state DOC, said no additional information on the attack will be released during the investigation.

According to the Iowa Correctional Offender Network, the incident is the ninth this year where correctional officers have been physically assaulted or attacked by offenders at ISP.

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