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.READ MORE: Twin Cities Thai Restaurant Hires Robot Server Amid Staffing Shortage
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.READ MORE: 1 Arrested In Fatal Shooting Near Busy East St. Paul Shopping Area
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.MORE NEWS: 1 Injured In Minneapolis Apartment Fire
Peterson was being held in jail under felony charges for assault with a dangerous weapon.