The inmate assault on three corrections officers at the Washington State Penitentiary on Tuesday may have been gang-related, according to early reports from detectives investigating the incident.
The three officers suffered “significant injuries” in the assault, which began in the commons area of the prison at about 1:15 p.m. p.m. Corrections officials said “multiple offenders” attacked the officers, but other prison staff intervened, and secured the unit within minutes. The injured correctional officers were taken to a hospital for medical treatment, and later released.
All four units of the prison’s west complex remained locked down Wednesday night while the investigation continues, according to a news release from the state Department of Corrections.
The prison’s west complex is a close-custody unit that houses about 800 offenders.