Correctional Officer Assaulted

Prison was on lockdown for several days

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — Authorities say a prison lockdown that lasted several days was caused by an assault on two correctional officers in Maryland.

The Federal Bureau of Prison said in a news release Thursday that an inmate acting erratically on Dec. 31 became belligerent and assaulted the staff members. The Federal Correctional Institution at Mexico Farms was subsequently placed on lockdown.

Prison officials say the press release was delayed by the government shutdown.

Further details were not available.

The prison houses around 950 men.