Inmate attacks Columbus Co. correctional officer

Inmate attacks Columbus Co. correctional officer

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - An inmate attacked an officer at Columbus Correctional Institution on Thursday night and the Columbus County Sheriff's Office is investigating the matter.

According to a news release sent Friday afternoon, at approximately 6:25 p.m. Thursday, a correctional officer was attacked by an inmate with a homemade shank style cutting implement.

According to an incident report from the sheriff's office, the victim was Ricky Dale Graham, 53, and the alleged attacker is listed as a 24-year-old man.

Columbus County police responded to the incident and started an investigation. The District Attorney's office coordinated with the sheriff's office and made a formal request for the State Bureau of Investigation to assist in the investigation.

"Correctional officers perform a difficult task in a dangerous environment," District Attorney Jon David said in the release. "When one of their members is savagely attacked by an inmate, we have a special responsibility to vigorously pursue justice."

The DA's office said the officer was treated and released from the hospital.

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