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Staff assault reported at Iowa’s Anamosa State Penitentiary

This news story was published on February 23, 2021.
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Anamosa State Penitentiary

ANAMOSA – Two staff members were assaulted by an inmate at the Anamosa State Penitentiary on Monday.

At 7:55 AM Monday morning, a correctional officer was struck in the face with a closed-fist strike by an inmate. The officer was able to use pepper spray to bring the inmate under control, but the attacking inmate continued displaying aggressive behavior. Additional staff arrived to assist in restraining the inmate, and one of the responding officers also received injury to his hand during the struggle, but they were successful in restraining the inmate.

Both injured officers were treated and released from the local hospital for minor injuries, and are recovering at home. The inmate did not suffer major injury during the incident.

This incident remains under investigation.

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