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Auburn inmate punches officer, knocking him unconscious and fracturing jaw, unions says

CNYCentral file photo of Auburn Correctional Facility

Just weeks after a 10 inmate brawl that prompted a lockdown at Auburn Correctional Facility, another incident erupts leaving a correctional officer injured.

The officer is now recovering after a 28-year-old inmate knocked him unconscious and fractured his jaw, according to the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association.

Officials say the incident happened on Friday morning as the inmate was being escorted from his cell to the office at the maximum security prison.

The inmate refused directions, which lead to the attack.

It took several officers and pepper spray to get the inmate under control.

Six other officers reported minor injuries from the attack, but remained on duty. The officer who sustained a fracture to the left side of his jaw has not returned to duty, the union said.

The inmate is currently serving a two four year sentence after being convicted of Attempted Assault 2nd and Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd in Schenectady County in 2015.

Joe Miano, Vice President of NYSCOPBA’s Western Region, released the following statement regarding the assault:

Another violent, unprovoked attack on staff at Auburn Correctional Facility. This continues a disturbing trend of violence at the maximum security prison. A simple morning escort turned violent and left one officer knocked unconscious and with a fractured jaw and six others with minor injuries as they attempted to get the inmate under control. This is not an isolated incident. Over the past year, there have been a number of inmate attacks on officers at this prison and the administration has simply done nothing to provide our members with the protection they deserve.

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