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Inmate Attacks Officer, Ends Up In Hospital

According to a release sent by the Iowa Department of Corrections, at approximately 2:45 p.m. Thursday a correctional officer, was conducting a search of an inmate's cell when the inmate attempted to strike the officer with closed fists.

An inmate is now recovering from injuries sustained after he attacked a correctional officer Thursday afternoon at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison.

According to a release sent by the Iowa Department of Corrections, at approximately 2:45 p.m. Thursday a correctional officer, was conducting a search of an inmate's cell when the inmate attempted to strike the officer with closed fists.

The officer under attack and another officer in the area quickly took control of the situation.

After being assessed by institution medical professionals for scratches and bruises the correctional officer returned to his post.

The inmate that attacked the staff member was transported to University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics for further medical assistance.

This incident remains under investigation, and the penitentiary has been placed on "restricted movement" for the time being.

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