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02/11/2019

Inmate Assault on Staff at SCI Somerset

Somerset, PA – At about 2:30 PM on Sunday, Feb. 10, an inmate at SCI Somerset assaulted three corrections officers.

The incident occurred in the day room of a housing unit. There were no weapons involved. All three corrections officers were taken via state vehicle to a local hospital to be evaluated for their injuries. None of the injuries were life threatening.

The inmate was immediately confined to the prison’s restricted housing unit until arrangements for transfer to another state prison were made. The facility is currently locked down pending investigation.

The DOC does not identify names of staff or inmates involved in assaults because the incident is under investigation internally and by the Pennsylvania State Police.

The DOC takes all assaults seriously and works to determine how they happen and how they can be prevented.

The safety of its employees is a priority of the DOC, and attacks on staff will not be tolerated.

Media Contact: Christie Schenck, PIO, 814-445-8100

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