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Officer hospitalized in serious condition after inmate attack at Alhambra facility in Phoenix

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Posted at 2:34 PM, Mar 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-04 19:22:04-05

PHOENIX — An officer has been hospitalized after an attack Wednesday morning by an inmate at the Arizona State Prison Complex Alhambra facility in Phoenix.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office says inmate Johann Benson was being transported from the Lower Buckeye Jail to the Department of Corrections near 24th and Van Buren streets. Upon arrival at intake, Benson was turned over to Department of Corrections officers.

During the exchange, Benson allegedly struck an officer in the face, causing him to fall down and hit his head on the ground.

The officer was taken to the hospital and remains in serious condition.

Benson remains in DOC custody pending investigation results.

Benson was originally in custody for one count of armed robbery, assault and a probation violation.

The injured officer’s identity hasn’t been released.