MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Authorities say an officer at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud was assaulted Wednesday.
The assault happened at 1 p.m. when an offender, who was being processed and taken to his living unit, allegedly elbowed an officer in the face, according to the Minnesota Department of Correction’s director of communications and media relations.
The officer, who was not immediately named, was taken from the scene by ambulance to be hospitalized.
In July, an officer at the Stillwater corrections facility was killed in an assault. Officer Joseph Gomm was attacked with a hammer by an inmate, Edward Muhammad Johnson.
“Our highest priority at the Minnesota Department of Corrections is protecting the safety of our officers, staff, and inmates. 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,” director Sarah J. Fitzgerald said. “We thank the Corrections Officers whose immediate and professional response was essential in containing the situation and ensuring the safety of their colleague.”