WEST BOYLSTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) - A sergeant correction officer was injured in an attack at the Worcester County Jail in West Boylston on Wednesday.
Officials with the Worcester County Sheriff's Office said the officer was stabbed by an inmate around 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday. The inmate attacked the officer with a small piece of metal fencing.
The pair was immediately separated, but the officer suffered non-life threatening puncture wounds to the head and chest.
The officer was taken to UMass Memorial Medical Center, and the inmate was also taken to the hospital for what appeared to be self-inflicted puncture wounds.
A second officer who was responding to the incident was also transported to a local hospital for a minor injury
The inmate is a new arrival pre-trial inmate, but had been assigned to a maximum security housing unit due to his criminal history.
Sheriff Evangelidis said in a statement, "It is an unfortunate reality that corrections officers work in a dangerous environment, but we strive each day to prevent incidents like this from occurring. Our staff did a tremendous job responding to this incident and we are grateful that at this time these injuries do not appear to be life threatening."
While this appears to be an isolated incident, the investigation is ongoing.