Guard assaulted by inmate at Arkansas prison

A guard at a maximum security prison in Arkansas was assaulted by an inmate Thursday and taken to the hospital, the latest in a recent string of disturbances at the state’s prisons that have included several inmates holding guards hostage at the same facility after snatching keys and a Taser.

The Department of Correction said the officer at the Maximum Security Unit in Tucker, 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of Little Rock, sustained multiple injuries to the face and head from the assault, and was being evaluated at an area hospital. Department spokesman Solomon Graves did not have details on the guard’s condition. The department didn’t name the inmate or the guard.

The Maximum Security Unit is the same facility where several inmates last month held three officers for three hours after taking their keys and a Taser before releasing them and surrendering. On July 22, a guard at Tucker Max fired three warning shots into the air after two guards and an inmate were attacked. Graves said the inmate in Thursday’s attack was not involved in either of the previous disturbances.

The attack adds to a growing list of incidents at Arkansas’ prisons that have prompted investigations by the Correction Department and State Police. Three inmates were injured earlier this month at the Cummins Unit in Grady after a disturbance that included prisoners breaking windows and damaging surveillance…

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