GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina sheriff's office says three of its jail officers have been attacked by inmates in an eight-day span, but all three are back at work after they were briefly hospitalized.
Maj. George Moore, supervisor for the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office Court Services Bureau, told WGHP that in two of the cases, the detention officers were repeatedly hit in the head. The inmates behind the attacks were placed in isolation.
Moore said one inmate attacked a jail officer on Nov. 24 after she asked him to wear a mask and he refused. The officer was struck in the head four times, according to Moore.
On the next day, a federal inmate held at the jail became enraged when he couldn't connect his tablet for a video visit. The inmate broke the tablet and the jail officer who responded was hit in the head nine times, officials said.
Another assault which occurred on Wednesday is under investigation.
The recent string of assaults comes several months after a 71-year-old jail officer was hospitalized for 46 days after an unprovoked attack by a 21-year-old inmate. Moore said a staffing shortage did not play a role in the latest attacks.