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Published: Monday, 4/6/2009

Inmate stabs four guards at prison in Toledo


Authorities on Tuesday released a few more details about what led to the stabbing of four prison guards at the Toledo Correctional Institute.

Sgt. Tim Root of the Ohio Highway Patrol said three corrections officers were attempting to move the inmate, whose name is being withheld, from his cell to a solitary unit shortly after 2 p.m.

When they opened the cell door, the inmate rushed the officers and stabbed them with a hand-made weapon, commonly referred to as a shank, Sergeant Root said.

A fourth corrections officer also was stabbed when he responded to assist the others.

The guards were taken to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, where they were treated and released, Sergeant Root said.

One of the guards was stabbed in the neck, another in the chest, a third in the head and shoulder, and a fourth in the eye and nose.

The officers were able to gain control of the inmate until additional help arrived.

The inmate was initially incarcerated for an aggravated burglary conviction and is currently serving a life sentence on a murder conviction. He is being held in solitary confinement, Sergeant Root said.

The sergeant said once the investigation is complete, authorities will present their findings to the Lucas County prosecutor s office.

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A Toledo Correctional Institute inmate stabbed four prison guards Monday afternoon, an Ohio Department of Corrections spokesman said.

All four prison guards were taken to areas hospitals for the non-life threatening injuries, and three were released by early Monday evening.

Spokesman Andrea Carson said the incident, which occurred shortly after 2 p.m. in the prison's main compound, is being investigated by prison administrators and the Ohio Highway Patrol.

She declined to identify the weapon used or the circumstances. The inmate, whom authorities have yet to name, was placed in isolation, Ms. Carson said.

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