MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A correctional officer at Stearns County Jail needed hospitalization after he was assaulted by an inmate during a lock down Thursday.

According the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, officers were in the process of locking down inmates after their evening meal, but 26-year-old Joshua Peterson refused.

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While the officer was returning Peterson to his cell, the inmate punched the officer in the face. Several officers took control of the situation and secured Peterson in his cell.

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According to Sheriff Steve Soyka, the officer that was hit in the face was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. He was treated and released.

The case remains under investigation and will be evaluated by the Stearns County Attorney’s Office for formal charges.

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Peterson was being held in jail under felony charges for assault with a dangerous weapon.