By Frank Lewis
A correction officer has been injured in an altercation with an inmate at Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, however, all authorities involved in the situation are refusing to release the name of the officer or the name of the suspect.
SOCF officials said all information has to come from the Ohio State Highway Patrol investigator. A check with the Jackson Post of the OSHP to get that information resulted in the Daily Times being told the information had to come from SOCF officials.
Meanwhile, JoEllen Smith, with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, when reached by email, released the following statement.
“We did have an inmate assault a correction officer today (Thursday) at SOCF. The employee did seek outside medical treatment for non life-threatening injuries. The staff response was nearly immedate and in less than three minutes there were 40 staff at the scene, including Warden (Donald) Morgan. The incident is being investigated by the State Highway Patrol. You will want to contact them for any additional details.”
When asked for the public information, specifically, the name of the correction officer and the name of the inmate accused in the incident, OSHP investigators said the information would have to come from SOCF officials. After asking when the information would be released, the Times was told they did not know when it would be available.
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.