Inmate with ‘homemade weapon’ attacks; 2 Red Onion State Prison guards hospitalized

WISE COUNTY, Va. — Officials said two guards at Red Onion State Prison are hospitalized following an attack at Red Onion State Prison in Wise County Sunday morning.

A 31-year-old inmate attacked the corrections officers with a “homemade weapon” just after 6:30 a.m., according to Virginia Department of Corrections officials.

 Red Onion State Prison

 Red Onion State Prison

Authorities said one guard had puncture wounds to his upper body while the other suffered a broken knee.

The corrections officers were transported to Norton Community Hospital and were expected to be released on Sunday, officials said.

That inmate accused in the attack is serving a 65-year sentence for five counts of robbery and seven counts of using a firearm in commission of a felony, officials said.

Red Onion State Prison, which opened in 1999 and is located in Pound, Va., houses around 800 inmates.

It is consider a super max prison whose population consists of the “worst of the worst” inmates.

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