Staff Assault: Anamosa State Penitentiary

Date: 
Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Staff Assault: Anamosa State Penitentiary

ANAMOSA – At approximately 10:15 a.m., multiple staff members were assaulted at the Anamosa State Penitentiary. A department nurse and a correctional officer have died as a result of their injuries. 

At this time, the department is collecting and confirming details of the assault. What the department can confirm is that an inmate attacked multiple staff members and inmates in the prison's infirmary. As a result of their injuries, a correctional nurse and correctional officer have died. 

Additional security staff arrived and restrained the inmate. Staff began attempting life-saving first aid on the injured until paramedics arrived. 

This information is preliminary, and subject to change pending verification and additional details. 

This incident remains under joint investigation by the Iowa Department of Corrections and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, part of the Iowa Department of Public Safety.  

Names are being withheld at this time pending family notifications and investigation. 

The department will release additional details via press release as they become available in coordination with the Iowa Department of Public safety. 

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Printed from the Iowa Department of Corrections website on October 18, 2021 at 4:22pm.