CHESHIRE, Conn. (WTNH) – Two correctional officers were hospitalized after being attacked by an inmate on Friday afternoon at the Cheshire Correctional Institution, according to the Department of Corrections.
The AFSCME Local 387 union said the correctional officers were attacked by an inmate during a cell inspection. The inmate allegedly became angry when the officers found contraband in the cell and confiscated it.
Officials said the inmate tried to grab the contraband away from the officers and then attacked both officers. The corrections officers attempted to restrain the inmate and were both hurt.
Officials said both correctional officers sustained injuries to their arms and hands. One of the officers also suffered an injury to the neck.
The Department of Corrections said both officers are being treated at a local hospital.
There is no word on the conditions of the officers.
“As we correctional staff continue to endure violent assaults and sustain at times life-threatening injuries, the legislature continues to sit on their hands and do nothing. Our union is repeating, once again, our calls for immediate action before lives are lost,” AFSCME Local 387 President Sean Howard said.
The Connecticut Department of Correction provided the following statement regarding the incident.
“The continued violence toward our staff in the execution of their job duties is unacceptable and shall be prosecuted to the fullest extent. We will continue to work with our staff to develop corrective measures to enhance safety in all our facilities. “