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Guard stabbed at Wise County, Virginia prison

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A state prison was sent into lockdown late Tuesday afternoon after a correctional officer was stabbed by an inmate, according to a spokesman for the Virginia Department of Corrections.

The officer, whose name has not been released, was escorting an inmate at Red Onion State Prison in Pound, Va., when the inmate attacked him, said Larry Traylor. The incident happened around 3 p.m. Tuesday and the inmate, whose name was also not released, was locked up and questioned and the prison was locked down, Traylor said.

"The officer sustained what appear to be multiple stab wounds," Traylor said, adding that the wounds were on the officer's back, neck and head. "The injuries are non life-threatening."

The officer was treated by medical staff at the prison.

No other employees or inmates at the prison were involved, and the incident appears to have been isolated, Traylor said.

He did not know what weapon was used, he said, or where the inmate was being transported.

The maximum-security prison holds an average of 800 inmates a day, according to the Department of Corrections' website.

The incident was still under investigation late Tuesday.


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