Investigation Underway after 4 Injured at Stillwater Prison

Updated: 01/31/2013 12:08 PM KSTP.com By: Cory Kampschroer

State corrections officials are investigating an assault that left four workers injured at the Stillwater prison.

The incident happened Wednesday around noon, when a prisoner assaulted staff members at the facility.

The Minnesota Department of Corrections spokesman John Schadl says a prison guard and a contract food service employee were taken to a local hospital after the altercation.

He says the two workers were treated and later released.

Schadl says two additional employees suffered minor injuries and did not require hospital treatment.

He says the incident is under investigation.

“This incident underscores how dangerous this work can be,” said Corrections Commissioner Tom Roy. “We have been working very hard to make sure that our staff has the training and the tools they need to respond when incidents like this occur.”

The Department of Corrections recently launched a training program for employees who work with offenders. The program is designed to help staff recognize and defuse potentially violent situations.

Watch the video (below) to learn more about the program.