Walla Walla prison lockdowns eased after stabbing

Movement is still restricted in the unit where inmate Marcus Van Cleary allegedly stabbed a correctional officer.

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Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla.

WALLA WALLA -- Restrictions at two of three Washington State Penitentiary units are being eased today after a stabbing Tuesday.

Inmates in the prison's three close-custody mental health units were placed on restricted movement following an attack by an inmate on a correctional officer. The two housing units, Baker and Ranier, are expected to return to normal operations today, said Shari Hall, prison spokeswoman.

The unit where the assault occurred, Adams, will remain on restricted movement at the present time, Hall said. The unit houses 98 prisoners.

The inmate involved in the assault, Marcus Van Cleary, 28, has been placed in segregation. Van Cleary alleged assaulted the officer shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday, stabbing him in the face and head with a ball point pen.

The officer, identified by KVEW-TV as Jim Nored, also suffered a dislocated shoulder. He was treated and released at a local hospital and is recovering at home, Hall said. An inmate who jumped in to aid Nored and two other correctional officers were also injured. They were also treated and released after the attack.

The assault remains under investigation by the Walla Walla Police Department.

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