BURKE COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A correctional officer at the Foothills Correctional Institution in Burke County is recovering in the hospital after being stabbed multiple times by an inmate over the weekend.
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 correctional officer, who WBTV has learned was just hired into the prison system in January, is in stable condition.
A spokeswoman with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety confirmed that inmate Jose Rios, 19, was under investigation as the alleged suspect in the stabbing.
Rios was convicted in July 2017 on two counts of second-degree murder.
Rios' offender records on the NCDPS website show that he had been cited for six previous behavior infractions in the roughly six months he had been in prison.
Among the infractions were two instances of threatening to harm or injure staff.
Sources with direct knowledge of the operations at Foothills Correction Institution tell WBTV that prison staff had been warned of a possible attack on staff by an inmate in the days before Saturday's stabbing. But that information was not communicated to the corrections officers until after the incident on Saturday.
Five prison employees, including corrections officers and support staff, were killed on the job in 2017.
WBTV has been investigating ongoing safety concerns inside the state's prisons, even as prison leaders refuse to answer questions.
Watch WBTV Monday night at 6 p.m. as prison leaders try to run and hide from a reporter asking them questions about the ongoing dangers inside the state's prisons.