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Inmate assault puts Iowa State Penitentiary on lockdown

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FT. MADISON (KWWL) -

The Iowa State Penitentiary was placed on lockdown Monday after an inmate assault.

According to authorities, the assault happened around 7:00 a.m. in the Iowa Prison Industries Building and appears to be an isolated incident.

Staff discovered an unresponsive inmate with a serious head injury. The inmate was taken by ambulance to Fort Madison Community Hospital and then transported to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics where he had surgery to repair a decompressed vertebrae.

Authorities say the inmate suspected in the assault has been segregated and they are searching for any weapons used in the attack.

The Department of Corrections has not released the names of the inmates as the incident remains under investigation.

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