The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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September 14, 2012

Federal inmate wearing paper shield stabs officers

LEWISBURG — An inmate clad in armor made of stockpiled paper stabbed two corrections officers with a 7-inch shank early Saturday morning at the U.S. Penitentiary at Lewisburg.

According to an incident report posted online by the Council of Prison Locals C-33, a corrections officer was making a head count of prisoners at 3 a.m. Saturday when the staff member came upon an inmate who had covered his cell-door window and would not respond.

The officer called for backup and pepper spray was deployed into the cell when the inmate, who was not identified in the report, failed to respond to orders to remove the window covering.

The inmate still did not respond, the report said, so staff entered the cell and removed sheets that had been tied up.

The inmate was allegedly found in the back of the cell wearing “homemade body armor” and a shirt over his face. Staff pinned him to the wall and the inmate allegedly grabbed a 7-inch piece of metal that he had sharpened, and lashed out, the report said.

An unidentified lieutenant was stabbed six times around the shield and another unidentified officer was stabbed once, the report said.

Penitentiary spokesman David Brewer confirmed that one officer suffered six wounds to the shoulder and the other had a hand wound. Both were treated at a hospital and released, he said.

Staff subdued the inmate with batons and seized the weapon, the report said.

Brewer explained the inmate’s “body armor” was likely made of paper. Inmates will sometimes stockpile paper or receive extra paper materials from other prisoners who “fish” it to them with strips of bed sheets, he said.

Brewer would not say how the inmate got his hands on a 7-inch piece of metal pending an FBI investigation.

He said the prison remains secure and is operating under a “limited activity status.”

 

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