Three guards were assaulted in two separate attacks by inmates at Arkansas prisons Thursday.
Two guards were assaulted by several inmates at the Varner Unit in Grady, Little Rock on Thursday afternoon.
One officer sustained multiple lacerations and the second sustained a single injury.
Guards walk in the maximum security unit at Tucker Prison near Tucker, Arkansas
They were both transported to an area hospital. The department did not release details about the condition of the guards, or what prompted the assault, their names haven’t been released either.
The attack occurred a little more than two hours after a guard was assaulted by an inmate at the Maximum Security Unit in Tucker 30 miles southeast of Little Rock.
He was hospitalized for injuries to the head and face after being attacked by an inmate.
The assaults are among a series of disturbances that have occurred at Arkansas prisons in recent months.
Department spokesman Solomon Graves said right now the two assaults don’t appear to be related, reports The Washington Post.
It is currently unknown as to the reason for the attacks, however the inmates involved have now been moved to restrictive housing.
This is an aerial photo showing the Tucker prison farm near Tucker, Arkansas
The attacks at Arkansas’ prisons is now being investigated by the Correction Department and State Police.
They revealed there are two dozen open cases involving attacks or battery by inmates on guards or fellow inmates, which has now prompted these investigations.
Apparently the appropriate action will be taken against employees at the Maximum Security Unit according to Gov. Asa Hutchinson.
‘Apparently something is not being attended to and we need to know what it is,’ said state Sen. Joyce Elliott.
‘This has gotten to be an issue of safety for everybody concerned within the system.’
Pictured here is an inmate by his cell door at the maximum security unit at Tucker Prison near Tucker, Arkansas