Lee Co. prison still on limited operations after warden assaulted by inmate

Lee County Penitentiary

JONESVILLE, VA (WJHL) – The Lee County, Va. federal prison remains on limited operations Friday, after an incident where an inmate hit the prison’s warden Thursday.

A spokesperson for the Federal Bureau of Prisons said Thursday night that the attack happened around 11 a.m. Thursday at the Lee County Penitentiary.

According to a news release from the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the inmate hit the warden with his fist, breaking the warden’s glasses and producing a minor cut above the warden’s eye.

The inmate was then restrained by the warden and an officer. The officer reportedly sustained a shoulder injury.

The warden and the officer were taken to a local hospital to be treated for minor injuries and were released. Both the warden and the officer have returned to service.

According to the release, the Federal Bureau of Investigation was notified and is investigating the incident.

“The inmate population were returned to their housing units and secured,” according to the release. “The institution will remain on limited operations while the incident is being investigated, and will return to full operations as soon as possible.”

The prison, located in Jonesville, Va., houses around 1,570 high security male inmates.

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