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Anchorage Correctional Officer Struck, Injured by Inmate

Published On: Dec 24 2013 02:13:17 PM AKST   Updated On: Nov 29 2013 06:39:46 PM AKST
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A Wednesday assault against an Anchorage correctional officer by an inmate is being investigated by the Alaska State Troopers.

Correctional officers at the 4th Avenue jail responded Wednesday around 1 p.m. to reports that an inmate was disruptive with medical staff, according to a Friday trooper's dispatch.

“The inmate initially complied with verbal commands but then spun around quickly and punched one of the male correctional officers in the face, resulting in an injury to the nose and mouth,” troopers wrote.

Brad Wilson of the Alaska Correctional Officers Association, the union representing correctional officers, identified the officer as Michael Williams.

According to Wilson, Williams' nose was broken in the incident, one of his front teeth was knocked out and he was left with two black eyes. Wilson provided a photo of the injuries:

Anchorage Correctional Officer Injured

AST spokesperson Beth Ipsen, who declined to confirm Williams' identity, said the injured officer was treated and released from an Anchorage hospital.

What happened remains unclear, with both troopers and the Department of Corrections declining comment while the investigation is pending.

The name of the inmate is not available, Ipsen said because the inmate has not been charged.

But Wilson said the incident happened in a part of the jail where was no roving officer available due to staff cuts by the department.

The union and department have recently disputed staffing levels.

The contingencies clashed on staffing levels at DOC facilities in August. The union ran a full-page newspaper ad predicting officers would be injured or killed unless changes were made.

The department in September said two guards at the jail were injured after an inmate who was intoxicated and afflicted with a mental illness flooded a toilet in his cell.

Channel 2's Austin Baird contributed to this story