Two Officers Injured by Inmates at Atlanta Penitentiary

| October 18, 2015

Atlanta

ATLANTA — Two Federal Corrections Officers were injured after being assaulted by inmates at the U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta.

The incident, which occurred Saturday, resulted from two inmates assaulting the officers in the pretrial/holdover housing unit.

Reports stated the inmates were released from their cells for morning recreation when a verbal confrontation ensured, with an inmate punching one officer in the face.

After the incident, both injured officers were treated at a local hospital. Authorities said one suffered an injury to his left hand and is wearing a cast, and his left eye was swollen shut. He said the other officer suffered abrasions around his face, head, neck and hands.

The officers attempted to subdue the inmates with pepper spray but continued to assault the officers. Other staff members arrived and helped restrain the inmates, reports stated.

Reports stated two other staff members received minor injuries during the incident. The prison was placed on limited operational status and inmates were returned to their housing units. The FBI was notified of the incident.

The U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta houses about 2,430 male prisoners.

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