Inmate stabs two correction officers at Connecticut facility
NEWTOWN, Conn. (WFSB/Gray News) - Two officers were stabbed at a correctional facility in Newtown, Connecticut on Tuesday.
The Connecticut Department of Correction reported that the incident happened at the Garner Correctional Institute.
Officials say an inmate used a sharpened toothbrush to stab one officer in the neck and the other in the torso.
“The attacker was immediately secured and transported to the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution’s Restrictive Housing Unit,” officials said.
The officers were treated at the hospital and released.
The attacker was identified as 35-year-old Joe Baltas of Meriden. Baltas is serving a life sentence for murder, according to the department’s website.
“He last entered the Department of Correction on October 26, 2006,” officials said.
DOC Commissioner Angel Quiros released a statement after the stabbing:
“As Commissioner, this is my worst fear - that our brave staff members are attacked and injured. I rushed to the hospital as soon as I learned of the assault, and thank God, they are all right. This is a sobering reminder of the dangers our courageous correctional professionals face on a daily basis. We must always remain vigilant. I am doubling down on my efforts to ensure the safety of these fine men and women.”
State police and the DOC are investigating the incident.
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