FORT MADISON – One staff member was assaulted by an inmate at the Iowa State Penitentiary earlier today.
The inmate was in the prison clinic area for a routine medical appointment. Upon entering the exam room, the inmate began to immediately assault the physician. Nearby staff heard the assault and responded to restrain the inmate.
The staff member was taken by department vehicle to receive treatment at the local hospital. He has since been treated and released. The inmate was found to have not suffered any injuries.
The attack is the 10th incident this year where staff at the prison have been assaulted or attacked. An inmate was severely injured just over a week ago, when he allegedly attacked another inmate in a cell. No staff were reported injured in that incident.
This incident remains under investigation.