NC authorities investigating after prison inmate injures correctional officer with shank


BURKE COUNTY, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) — The Burke County Sheriff’s Office and the Division of Prisons are investigating after an prison inmate attacked a correctional officer with a shank. 

Around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, Jose Rios, 19, attacked an officer at Foothills Correctional Institution while in a housing unit at the facility.

“Rios has a history of assaultive and threatening behavior as evidenced by the crime that landed him in prison and the rules infractions he has been charged with since his incarceration,” said Prison Director Kenneth Lassiter.

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Rios is in prison on two charges of second degree murder. He is not expected to be released from prison until 2051.

“I am also grateful to the law enforcement that are investigating the assault and I want to see the inmate prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. As I and others have been stating, the inmates the prison system must now manage are increasingly more violent than in years past and it will take everyone from employees, to our law enforcement partners, as well as the Executive and Legislative branches to make our prisons safer,” Lassiter said. 

The officer, who remains in stable condition, should be released from the hospital soon.

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