Six correctional officers were injured in separate assaults at the Stillwater and Oak Park Heights prisons this week, according to the Department of Corrections.
Last Tuesday, March 7, a corrections sergeant and two officers were assaulted by two inmates at the Oak Park Heights location. Two staff members were transported to Lakeview Hospital where they were evaluated and released.
At least one staff person, with more serious injuries, was treated and released at Regions Hospital.
On March 6 a fight among inmates at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater, located in Bayport, resulted in correctional officers being assaulted after trying to intervene. In this incident a sergeant and two additional corrections officers were taken to Lakeview for evaluation and later released.
All of the assaults are being investigated and charges could occur.
“Our highest priority is the safety of our staff and all individuals in our facilities,” said DOC Commissioner Paul Schnell. “Those responsible for these senseless and cowardly acts of violence will be fully held to account for their actions. These assaults are a troubling reminder of the very real risks correctional staff take in service to the public safety of all Minnesotans.”
The incarcerated individuals responsible for the assaults have been moved to the administrative control unit at MCF-Oak Park Heights.
The DOC currently has multiple openings for corrections officers at its facilities.
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