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Stillwater prison locked down after inmate seriously injures corrections sergeant

The sergeant was attacked and suffered serious injuries.

A corrections officer at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights was seriously injured in an attack by a prisoner Wednesday morning.  

According to a release, the sergeant fought back after being attacked before assistance from other officers came to help. Fortunately, the sergeant's injuries are not life-threatening. 

The Stillwater prison was placed on lockdown immediately after the attack. 

"In the face of a very difficult day, the other corrections officers are honoring their colleague by continuing to do their jobs with professionalism," said the prison's spokesperson, Sarah Fitzgerald. "This is a reminder of the difficult job our corrections officers do every day to keep Minnesotans and our prisons safe."

The inmate who assaulted the sergeant is serving a life sentence for aiding and abetting second-degree murder. 

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This assault comes not long after two separate inmate attacks injured 10 officers in the span of less than a week back in March.

MCF-Oak Park Heights opened in 1982, and according to the DOC website it has a capacity of up to 473 inmates.

It's the state's only maximum-security prison, holding the highest custody level in the DOC system.

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