A correctional officer was stabbed by an inmate Monday at a Western Maryland prison that has faced a recent spike in inmate-on-guard violence, state correctional officials said.
State corrections officials said that the guard, a four-year-veteran at North Branch Correctional Institution near Cumberland, was stabbed with a homemade weapon at about 8:40 a.m. in the maximum-security prison's housing unit. Authorities have identified the assailant as an inmate serving a life sentence for murder. The guard, who corrections officials did not identify, is expected to survive.
Union officials representing state correctional officers expressed outrage at the latest incident after a recent spike in violence that left 12 guards injured by inmates since June. In a statement, union spokesman Jeff Pittman said two additional guards were injured and hospitalized responding to the attack on Monday morning, which corrections officials would not confirm. A press conference is planned for Tuesday in which union officials will call for the resignations of top state corrections leaders.
North Branch is on lockdown and will remain so indefinitely, corrections officials said.