Burke Co. correctional officer stabbed five times by inmate

BURKE COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A correctional officer at Foothills Correctional Institute in Burke County suffered multiple stab wounds after being assaulted by an inmate.

North Carolina Department of Public Safety confirmed the assault on Twitter Sunday morning.

The officer was stabbed five times by the inmate at 9:33 p.m. Saturday and transported to an outside medical facility. The names of those involved have not been released at this time.

The correctional officer is in stable condition.

The attack comes as the North Carolina Department of Public Safety continues to tout ongoing efforts to make prisons safer for employees.

Five prison employees, including corrections officers and support staff, were killed on the job in 2017.

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