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2 western Md. prison guards assaulted by inmate

Friday - 8/30/2013, 4:00pm  ET

CRESAPTOWN, Md. (AP) -- Two Maryland correctional officers are recovering from an assault by an inmate at the maximum-security Western Correctional Institution near Cumberland.

The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services tells the Cumberland Times-News (http://bit.ly/146oeh5 ) that the officers were treated at a hospital after the incident Thursday night involving an inmate with mental health problems.

The agency says a male officer was treated for facial and arm injuries after he was struck in the face.

The department says a female officer was exposed to pepper spray.

The agency says the 32-year-old inmate has been placed in special observation housing. He is serving a 5 1/2-year sentence for assault and weapons charges.

The incident follows a spike in assaults on officers at the neighboring North Branch Correctional Institution.

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Information from: Cumberland (Md.) Times-News, http://www.times-news.com/timesnew.html


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