Another Prison Guard Attacked

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By Sam Jones

JOHNSON COUNTY-- A guard at the Shawnee Correctional Center was assaulted Friday. 

Two officers were escorting an inmate to an onsite area when the attack happened. Officials say a man became belligerent and head-butted one of the officers. Other personnel stepped in to stop the attack.
 
This is the third assault at the Shawnee facility this month. IDOC Spokesman Tom Shaer says there's no pattern to the incidents.

"Convicted criminals made bad decisions. It's not surprising that occasionally they make the worst of all [decisions in] assaulting a peace officer in a prison," Shaer explained.

Criminal charges are pending against the inmate. He'll likely be sent to a maximum security prison.

The officer suffered a concussion and should be back at work next week.

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