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UNION OFFICIALS: Officer assaulted at Cayuga Correctional Facility, treated at area hospital

Union officials say an incident at a medium-security prison in Moravia resulted in a corrections officer being hurt.

An inmate serving a 17 year sentence for attempted murder attacked an officer in one of the facility dorms and punched him multiple times in the head and face before pepper spray was deployed to subdue him.

It had to be administered three times before the inmate complied. Mechanical restraints were administered and the inmate was removed from the room and placed in a Special Housing Unit.

A second officer responded to the scene and the inmate was given orders to move away from the officer’s desk. He refused and suddenly punched one of the officers multiple times in the head, according to officials. The assault continued into the recreation room of the dorm where the inmate struck the officer multiple times again.

The inmate wasn’t identified, but said to have been convicted of attempted murder in 2009 in the Southern Tier.

The officer was treated at a local hospital and released.

“This was a blatant unprovoked attack on an officer by a violent inmate. Just another example of the dangerous environment that exists inside our state prisons. Contraband and assaults on staff continue to rise as DOCCS takes not real significant steps to reduce them. Our members deserved better,” Mark Deburgomaster, NYSCOPBA Western Region Vice President said in a press release.