5 Staff Members Out of Hospital After 2 Incidents with Inmates at Oak Park Heights

October 05, 2018 06:25 PM

The Minnesota Department of Corrections confirms five staff members at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights required medical attention after two separate incidents involving inmates Friday morning.

DOC spokesperson Sarah Fitzgerald said two staff members were injured after responding to a fight between two offenders around 9:40 a.m. One of the offenders reportedly resisted, leading to the injuries to staff.


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Then, around 10:15, an offender was reportedly resisting staff, and three staff members were injured while trying to contain the situation.

Friday afternoon, Fitzgerald said all staff had been released from the hospital

The facility was placed on lockdown, but the lockdown was later lifted.

"Our highest priority at the Minnesota Department of Corrections is protecting the safety of our officers and all individuals in our facilities," Fitzgerald said in an emailed statement. "These incidents will be fully investigated, and the offenders responsible will be held accountable. We commend our corrections officers for their professional response."

The latest attack follows the deaths of two Minnesota corrections officers on duty in recent months.

Joseph Gomm was killed while on duty at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater in July. Joseph Parise died after suffering a medical emergency following an incident in which he had rushed to help a fellow guard under attack at Oak Park Heights on Sept. 24.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS requested details from the state about assaults at all prisons across Minnesota. Those numbers are below.



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