Ala. probing stabbings of COs in clash that injured 2 inmates

The two COs at Donaldson Correctional Facility who were stabbed are on leave as the department reviews the incident

By Howard Koplowitz

BESSEMER, Ala. — The Alabama Department of Corrections is investigating a Saturday altercation at a Bessemer prison where two corrections officers were stabbed and two inmates were injured, the agency said Monday.

The two corrections officers at Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer who were stabbed are on leave as the department reviews the incident. The agency also requested help from the FBI’s Birmingham Field Office in probing the clash between the officers and two inmates.

William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility.
William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility. (Photo/ via TNS)

Robert Council and Ephan Moore, the two inmates involved in the altercation, were injured and treated and released from a local hospital. The department said the inmates “will be housed in a manner consistent with their security needs and recommended medical care.”

The officers who sustained stab wounds were first treated at the prison and then taken to a local hospital for treatment.

“The [department] condemns all violence in its institutions, and any actions taken by inmates or correctional staff are being thoroughly investigated,” the agency said in a statement Monday night.

Corrections Department Commissioner Jeff Dunn required supervisors at Donaldson to wear body cameras in light of the altercation. He also initiated a review of all supervisors at Level 5 prisons — where the most dangerous state inmates are housed — “to determine if staffing adjustments are warranted.”

The agency did not release any other details on the incident, citing the investigation.


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McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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