Inmates attack guard at max security prison in Shirley

Three guards, including the initial target of the attack, were taken to the hospital.

The Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley.
The Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley. –AP Photo/Elise Amendola

SHIRLEY, Mass. (AP) — Three guards were injured and a maximum security Massachusetts prison was placed in lockdown Friday after a group of inmates attacked a guard, state prisons officials said.

The officer was surrounded and then assaulted in a general population housing unit at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, according to a statement from the state Department of Correction.

“One of the correction officers involved in this incident immediately radioed for assistance. Additional correction officers responded and within minutes secured the area. Six inmates have been removed from the unit and the matter remains under investigation,” the agency said.

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Three guards, including the initial target of the attack, were taken to the hospital.

Lockdown means means inmate movements and visits are restricted.

The Worcester district attorney’s office has been notified.

The prison once housed former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez, who killed himself in his cell there in 2017.

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