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Correctional officer stabbed, hit in head at Donaldson prison Thursday

A correctional officer on Friday was being treated for non-life threatening injuries after being stabbed and hit in the head on Friday at Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer, according to the Alabama Department of Corrections. 

APR confirmed that the officer was injured while trying to break up a fight between men incarcerated at Donaldson prison. 

“During the incident, the officer was stabbed with a makeshift weapon and suffered a head injury from a blunt-force object. The officer was taken to a local hospital where he was held overnight for treatment,” said ADOC spokeswoman Samantha Banks in a statement to APR on Friday. 

The officer was admitted to a local hospital on Thursday where he remained overnight, and was in stable condition at the hospital on Friday, Banks said in a followup message to APR.

Second degree assault charges are pending for Satarus Smith, 31, who is is serving a 28-year sentence after pleading guilty to murder in 2015, according to court records and the statement from ADOC.


Eddie Burkhalter
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Eddie Burkhalter is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or reach him via Twitter.



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