FORT MADISON – Two staff members were assaulted by an inmate at the Iowa State Penitentiary on Friday, March 29, 2019 at approximately 4:30 p.m.
While a staff psychologist was meeting with an inmate in her office located in one of the housing units, the inmate began to physically assault her. A nearby correctional officer heard the assault taking place, and quickly responded to the assault. The inmate resisted the attempts by the officer to restrain him, and struck the officer several times in the struggle. The officer was able to deploy oleoresin capsicum (pepper spray) to gain control of the inmate until additional officers arrived to restrain the inmate.
The staff and the inmate that were involved in the assault were assessed by institution medical professionals and found to have not suffered any major injuries.
This incident remains under investigation.