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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Lockdown Follows Assaults At Territorial

The Denver Post

A lockdown was continuing Monday night at Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility following a morning assault at the medium-security prison just west of Canon City.

The incident occurred during breakfast, said Katherine Sanguinetti, Colorado Department of Corrections director of public affairs.

"Two offenders assaulted two staff and a third staff was assaulted coming to the aid of the other two," said Sanguinetti. She did not release the genders or other identification of employees involved, citing DOC policy.

Sanguinetti said one DOC employee sought medical attention earlier in the day, but was not sure if the injuries resulted in hospitalization. No hospitalizations or fatalities were reported immediately following the incident.

Asked what led to the assaults, Sanguinetti said only that the incident remains under investigation. No weapons, however, were involved, she said. The lockdown will continue at least through today.

CTCF houses 566 medium security inmates as well as 120 in transition to other prison facilities, according to the state prison Web site. It also hosts an infirmary, a hospice and a variety of DOC business offices.

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