SHIRLEY, Mass. (AP) — A female guard at a maximum-security prison in Massachusetts was assaulted by an inmate with an unknown liquid who then set a fire in his cell.
A state prison spokesman says the attack occurred at about noon Tuesday at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley while the correctional officer was escorting medical staff dispensing medications.
The liquid came through a door slot in a restrictive housing unit. The inmate also grabbed the guard, who pulled free.
The inmate was taken from the cell so the fire, possibly started with a radio battery, could be extinguished.
Both the inmate and guard were taken to the hospital.