State prison officer attacked

A Sussex I State Prison inmate allegedly seriously injured a sergeant at the Waverly, Virginia facility in an incident around 6 p.m. Saturday.

The sergeant, a man with more than 20 years of service with the Department of Corrections, sustained six non-life-threatening stab wounds to the hand, arm, and side of the body. The officer was admitted, treated, and released from a local hospital.

When the sergeant called for assistance with six inmates, a K9 officer and her K9 responded. The K9 was stabbed and required emergency surgery. The K9 is expected to live.

Nine inmates were identified as suspected of having been involved in the alleged assault on the sergeant.  A number of other inmates allegedly engaged in disruptive behavior, including refusing to return to their cells, lighting fires, and breaking sprinkler heads.

A strike team was deployed to the prison and the incident was contained, with inmates secured, shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday.

An investigation is underway and the VADOC expects to seek criminal charges against those responsible for the assault, according to a release.


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