Sergeant, K9 stabbed during unrest at Virginia prison

State prison guard, K9 stabbed by inmate

WAVERLY, Va. (WWBT) - An inmate at Sussex I State Prison stabbed a sergeant and a K9 unit on Saturday evening, according to a release from the Virginia Department of Corrections.

The release states the inmate “seriously” injured the sergeant, who received six non-life-threatening stab wounds to the hand, arm and side of the body. The officer, who has more than 20 years of service with the department of corrections, was admitted, treated and released from the hospital on Saturday night.

The release states when the sergeant called for assistance with six inmates, a K9 officer and unit responded. The K9 was stabbed and required emergency surgery, but it expected to live.

Nine inmates are suspected to be involved in the assault, with many of them refusing to return to their cells, lighting fires and breaking sprinkler heads, the department said.

A strike team was deployed, and the incident was contained shortly after 11 p.m. on Jan. 9.

The Virginia Department of Corrections is investigating the incident, and the department expects to seek criminal charges against those responsible for the assault.

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