KY State Penitentiary Locked Down After Inmates Assault Officers

Eight correctional officers are expected to be okay after being assaulted by 16 inmates at the Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville.

Penitentiary spokesperson Lisa Lamb says it happened Thursday afternoon in the yard.

The eight officers are still being checked out: a sergeant, lieutenant, captain, and treatment officers are involved in the assault.

Lamb says the investigation is still in the early stages.

There are no details at this time on what the inmates were doing in the yard or if any homemade weapons were used.

The assault doesn't surprise people in Eddyville.

Mark Todd tells Eyewitness News' Stuart Hammer, “You take violent people troubled past and whatnot, throw them in a cage, feed them crap, treat them like crap. What do you expect them to do? Beat a dog so many times, eventually it's going to bite you.”

The penitentiary is on lock down and visitation is suspended until further notice.

Again, the officers are expected to be okay after as many as 16 inmates assaulted them at the state penitentiary.

(The story was originally posted June 29, 2017)


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