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Staff assault reported at Iowa’s Newton Correctional Facility

NEWTON – Two correctional officers were assaulted by an inmate at the Newton Correctional Facility at approximately 6 p.m. Monday night.

The assault occurred when an inmate was given a directive by staff, but became hostile towards them. The inmate was instructed to allow for restraints to be applied, but when the officers attempted to apply the restraints, the inmate became physically combative. An officer suffered a closed fist strike to the head and was also bitten by the combative inmate, while another officer suffered minor injuries while trying to restrain the inmate. The officers were able to use defensive tactics and restraint techniques to eventually gain control over the aggressive inmate.

The inmate involved in the incident did not seem to suffer any notable injuries. The officers involved were seen by institution medical professionals and treated for their injuries.

This incident remains under investigation.

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