Tennessee prison officers stabbed multiple times during inmate disturbance


    The Tennessee Department of Correction has released a statement detailing a hostage situation at the Turney Center Industrial Complex on Sunday. PHOTO: WZTV FOX 17 Nashville

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.--The Tennessee Department of Correction has released a statement detailing a hostage situation at the Turney Center Industrial Complex on Sunday.

    Public Information Officer Alison Randgaard says the three officers injured during the disturbance were stabbed multiple times. The disturbance involved 16 inmates in a housing complex. The inmates are believed to have ties to a "security threat group" and the disturbance was an "unprovoked attack," according to the statement.

    One of the officers injured, Officer Jesse Shockley, was held hostage for approximately three hours until a Special Operations Unit responded and regained control of the unit.

    Officer Shockley and Officer Paul Nielsen are hospitalized and in stable condition. Officer Lester Ball was treated for his injuries and released overnight.

    The inmates involved in the disturbance have been moved to the Morgan County Correctional Complex, a maximum security facility.

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