IONIA - Four guards are hospitalized and one remains in serious condition after being assaulted by two inmates at a Michigan prison in Ionia. Michigan Department of Corrections spokesperson John Cordell says that the incident happened Wednesday night some time between 6 and 7 o'clock. Two prisoners at the Michigan Reformatory in Ionia were returning from a detail, when they attacked to corrections officers. Cordell did not know what prompted the attack.
After beating the guards, the two prisoners fled to a different floor of the building. Two more guards told the inmates to stop. Cordell said one of the prisoners laid down, but the other took a "fighting stance." The two guards attempted to subdue that inmate. That's when the second inmate got up and attacked a guard, beating him about the head. Other guards were then able to bring the situation under control.
The four guards were taken to the hospital. Three were released, but a fourth has serious head injuries and remains hospitalized. The two prisoners were transferred to the Ionia Maximum Correctional facility. The Michigan State Police is investigating the attacks.