CENTERVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Officials say a Tennessee prison is on lockdown after three correctional officers were stabbed multiple times during a disturbance involving more than a dozen inmates.
Tennessee Department of Correction spokeswoman Neysa Taylor told WSMV-TV the inmates attacked the officers, holding one of them hostage, Sunday afternoon at a housing unit at the Turney Center Industrial Complex. The prison is located in Hickman County, about 60 miles (96 kilometers) southwest of Nashville.
Taylor said the department deployed its Special Operations Unit, which gained control after about three hours.
The injured officers were airlifted to a hospital. Prison officials say one was treated and released. The other two have been upgraded to stable condition after being admitted in critical condition.
The 16 inmates involved have now been moved to a higher security facility. TDOC has asked the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to probe the incident.