WALLA WALLA -- A Washington State Penitentiary correctional officer was stabbed in the face Tuesday during an assault by an inmate.
According to prison spokeswoman Shari Hall, the attack occurred about 6:45 p.m. in one of the prison's mental health and close custody units. The inmate used a ball point pen to stab the officer in the face and head.
Hall said two staff members helped subdue the inmate. According to a release from Teamsters Local 117, the union that represents state correctional officers, a responder found the officer lying against the wall and bleeding profusely from his wounds. Responders also found two inmates fighting on the scene and later determined that one of the inmates was attempting to stop the attack on the wounded officer.
Hall said the inmate who was trying to defend the officer also received injuries, but further information was not available today.
The injured officer, who also suffered a dislocated shoulder in addition to his other wounds, was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Information on his condition was also not available today.
The unit where the assault occurred and two other units were on lockdown today and the incident was under investigation by the Walla Walla Police Department.