Police: Correctional Officer Assaulted at Jefferson County Jail

PINECREEK TOWNSHIP, Pa. (EYT) – Punxsutawney-based State Police say sometime between 1:00 a.m. ant 4:15 a.m. on September 7, an incident of Aggravated Assault and Institutional Vandalism occurred at the Jefferson County Jail on Service Center Road, in Pinecreek Township, Jefferson County.

According to police, a known 53-year-old Punxsutawney man was being loud and unruly inside his cell at the Jefferson County Jail.

Police say a 45-year-old Correctional Officer, of Punxsutawney, was standing outside the actor’s cell and advised him that he needed to calm down. When the CO got close to the door, the actor took a swing at him through the open “peep hole” in the cell door.

The CO reacted by leaning backwards, causing the punch to graze the left side of his face, according to police.

Several hours after the assault, the actor broke the head off the sprinkler system in his cell, causing his and several other cells and common area to take on water. The damage to the sprinkler forced the jail’s entire emergency sprinkler system to be shut down until the sprinkler in the actor’s cell could be repaired, police say.

An investigation is ongoing and charges of Aggravated Assault, Simple Assault, Harassment, Causing or Risking a Catastrophe, and Institutional Vandalism are anticipated in Districk Court 54-3-03, according to police.

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