A state Department of Corrections (DOC) nurse was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries this afternoon after she was struck by an offender at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla.
The incident happened at about 11:30 a.m. in the D living unit of the West Complex, which is the second-highest security unit at the penitentiary, according to the DOC. The offender, Steven D. McDonald, 58, was having his blood pressure taken by the nurse when he became agitated and struck her once in the temple.
Two custody staff in the room immediately responded, but were unable to restrain McDonald. Three more officers responded and used pepper spray to control McDonald.
The D living unit is on lockdown while Walla Walla police investigate the attack.
McDonald has been transferred to a maximum-security unit.
McDonald was sentenced to life without parole under the state’s three strikes law in 2002 after he was convicted of two counts of arson in Skagit County. He is serving a life sentence under Washington’s three strikes law.
On Sept. 11, three corrections officers at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center were injured in an attack by two inmates.