For the second time in the space of a few weeks, a corrections officer was assaulted at St. Cloud prison.
The Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) confirmed to BMTN that a corrections sergeant was assaulted by an inmate at MCF-St. Cloud at 1 p.m. Wednesday.
The new offender was being processed through intake and taken to his living unit at the time, during which he elbowed the sergeant in the face.
Other officers responded quickly and restrained the inmate, with the sergeant taken to hospital for further examination.
It comes just a few weeks after another St. Cloud inmate elbowed a deputy in the face while being transferred at Stearns County Jail.
And it comes after the killing of prison guard Joseph Gomm at MCF-Stillwater by an inmate last month, after which all state prisons were placed on lockdown.
This lockdown was only lifted on Tuesday at all prisons except Stillwater – but it lasted barely more than a day in St. Cloud prison, which has been placed back on lockdown since the Wednesday attack.
"Our highest priority at the Minnesota Department of Corrections is protecting the safety of our officers, staff, and inmates," a DOC spokeswoman said.
"We take any assault on a member of our staff extremely seriously. This incident, like any assault on our officers, will be fully investigated. The offender responsible will be held accountable.
"We thank the Corrections Officers whose immediate and professional response was essential in containing the situation and ensuring the safety of their colleague."