BUCKEYE, AZ - An Arizona Department of Corrections Officer was assaulted by an inmate at Arizona State Prison Complex-Lewis in Buckeye Thursday, authorities said.
At about 6:55 a.m. a corrections officer was walking through a common area of the prison when an inmate assaulted the officer with a small weighted bag, according to the Arizona Department of Corrections. The inmate struck the officer several times before the staff member was able to get away and call for help.
Prison personnel took control of the situation and apprehended the suspect, officials said. The suspect is now being held for questioning.
The officer suffered injuries to the head and face and was transported to an area hospital, officials said. The officer's injuries are not considered life-threatening.
“This is another reminder of the dangers correction’s employee’s face on a daily basis,” Director Charles Ryan said in statement. “No matter the level of custody, a prison is a dangerous place and our first priority is always safety.”
The Department’s Critical Incident Response Team will assist the family of the injured officer as the officer recovers, officials said.
“Attacks of this type are cowardly and intolerable,” Ryan said.