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Inmate accused of injuring corrections officer at ECMC

A state prison corrections officer suffered a concussion Sunday when an inmate struck the officer on the head with a wall monitor, the state Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association said Thursday.

The incident occurred about 6:15 p.m. Sunday at Erie County Medical Center, where the 32-year-old inmate from Attica Correctional Facility broke free of restraints placed on his hospital bed and tore a medical monitor off the wall, the association said. When two officers posted outside the inmate's room attempted to restrain him, the inmate hit one of the officers on the side of the head with the monitor before the officers were able to get him under control.

The inmate was not identified.

Following the attack, the inmate was moved to a secure room in the hospital, but has since been transferred back to Attica, where he is serving a 13-year sentence for robbery, burglary and attempted assault. He was sentenced in 2009 in New York County.

The injured officer was treated in the emergency room at ECMC, where he was diagnosed with a concussion and muscle strain to his hip. He has not returned to duty.

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