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Prison guards stabbed, are out of hospitals

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MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) - Two correctional officers who were wounded when an inmate stabbed them at the Indiana State Prison have been released from the hospitals where they were treated for their injuries, a prison spokeswoman said.

One of the prison guards was injured so severely in the Thursday night incident he had to be flown to an Indianapolis hospital. Prison spokeswoman Pam James said he has since been released. The other guard was treated at a Michigan City hospital and returned to work later that night.

James didn’t release the officers’ names.

She said the inmate, Terrance Swann, attacked the officers in a general population cell house. The maximum-security prison has been on lockdown since the stabbings, James told The (Munster) Times for a story Sunday.

Swann, 34, is serving a 130-year prison term for two murder convictions stemming from a 1999 home invasion in Indianapolis. He’s not due to be released until 2066.

Swann was moved to the nearby Westville Correctional Facility after the guards were stabbed.

The LaPorte County Prosecutor’s Office will decide on any new charges against Swann.

“It’s tragic that any incident would happen,” James said. “But it’s great to know that both officers have been released. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.”

The incident was the first in years at the state prison involving correctional staff being assaulted, she said.

“There’s been an outpouring of sympathy from fellow officers,” James said.

 

Posted 8/26/2013