Rockview inmate accused of assaulting guards

Charges are pending against a Rockview state prison inmate after a reported assault on two corrections officers Friday.

The incident began at about 2:50 p.m., when a 32-year-old male inmate was told to return to his cell and threatened one of the officers, according to state police investigators. The officer called for backup and the pair of guards tried to handcuff the prisoner, who refused orders to turn around to be cuffed. He approached the officers and began throwing fists, police said.

One of the corrections officers was hit in the nose, face and abdomen, and the other near his right eye, according to state police.

Rockview spokesman Jeff Rackovan said one of the officers was off for a few days after the incident but returned to work Monday.

The inmate is being held at a restricted housing unit at the facility, Rackovan said. In addition to the state police investigation, Rackovan said, the incident is being investigated internally. The prisoner could face institutional sanctions, such as a term in disciplinary housing at Rockview or a transfer to another state prison, but no determinations have yet been made, Rackovan said.

“Certainly, these types of situations don’t happen often at Rockview, but they’ve happened in the past and we have protocols in place to handle them,” he said.