MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa- The Iowa Department of Corrections says three staffers were assaulted at the Iowa State Penitentiary today. Authorities say two inmates began to assault another inmate, using sharp objects. Correctional officers responded and suffered minor injuries. Two officers were taken to a local hospital, the third was seen by medical personnel and returned to work.
Corrections officials say the inmate who was originally assaulted was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The penitentiary was placed on lock-down after the incident.