Lockdown of Pa. prison continues after CO assaulted by inmate

A CO was attacked while the officer was sitting at a desk inside one of the facility’s housing units

By David Hurst
The Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, Pa.

SOMERSET, Pa. — A corrections officer has been released from a local hospital after being assaulted by an inmate Friday at SCI Somerset, a spokeswoman said.

As of Sunday afternoon, the state prison remained under lockdown while an investigation continued into the incident, which occurred while the officer was sitting at a desk inside one of the facility’s housing units, Department of Corrections Press Secretary Amy Worden said.

Worden did not identify the male inmate accused in the attack but said he has been transferred to another prison.

The lockdown remained in effect, however, meaning no visitors are permitted inside the jail until it’s lifted.

The prison’s acting superintendent, Melissa Hainsworth, will consider whether to lift or extend the lockdown on Monday, Worden said.

Friday’s assault marks the second attack on staff at the 2,300-inmate prison this year.

Sgt. Mark Baserman and Corrections Officer William McDowell were assaulted Feb. 15 by an inmate at the state prison.

Baserman died from his injuries after investigators said he was beaten and kicked in the head by 23-year-old inmate Paul Jawon Kendrick.

Kendrick is charged with homicide, and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in his case.

©2018 The Tribune-Democrat (Johnstown, Pa.)

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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