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Vienna Correctional Center on lockdown after assault on officer

VIENNA, IL (KFVS) -

The Vienna Correctional Center was placed on a level 4 lockdown after an assault on an officer Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 12.

According to Tom Schaer, director of communications at the Illinois Department of Corrections, one inmate and eventually four officers, were involved in the incident that happened outside during live movement for the evening meal.

Schaer said an inmate refused a direct order of a correctional officer and was then required to be handcuffed.

During the cuffing process, Schaer said the offender resisted and hit the officer in the face.

He said a second officer was hurt trying to break up the altercation and two lieutenants, while using pepper spray, had the spray drift onto them when the wind blew in their direction.

According to Schaer, while strong enough to subdue an offender, pepper spray is a non-chemical, vegetable-based substance.

Schaer said the first officer had minor cuts and bruises and was driven home by family. He said the officer will likely miss at least a day of work.

The second officer had a significant wrist injury and was driven to the hospital by a friend. Schaer said that officer will likely miss days of work.

The two lieutenants were treated in the health care unit to remove the spray from their faces and eyes. They remained on their shift with no problems.

Schaer said the offender was transferred to a higher security level at the medium security Shawnee Correctional Center, where he was put in a segregation cell as a staff assaulter.

VCC is a minimum security prison with an inmate population of 1,661 and another 238 at its Dixon Springs Work Camp.

Schaer said there have only been three incidents of hitting an officer in the past 10 or more years at VCC, during which about 9,000 inmates have passed through the prison.

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