Editor's Note: The video in the player above is from a previous attack on correctional officers at the Lewis prison.
A corrections officer sustained injuries that weren't life-threatening after being stabbed by an inmate Wednesday at Lewis prison near Buckeye, officials said.
Around 10:20 a.m. on May 8, an inmate was being escorted out of his housing pod at the Buckley Unit at the Lewis prison to the medical building. According to the Arizona Department of Corrections, the inmate pulled out an improvised prison-made weapon and began swinging at a correctional officer, stabbing him in the chest.
Authorities said the inmate was being escorted to the medical building after he reported feeling dizzy to officers.
The staff immediately responding to the incident restrained the inmate while medical staff evaluated the officer, ADC said. After the initial response, the officer was transported to a local hospital for further treatment.
Officials said the officer was alert as he left the unit and his injury is not considered life-threatening.
An investigation into this incident is ongoing. ADC said the weapon used in the attack appears to be fashioned from a portable immersion heater coil. Following the attack, the inmate will be moved to maximum security housing and face criminal charges.
ADC also added that preliminary information on this incident indicates that it was not related to the functionality of doors or locking mechanisms at the prison. Officials also stated that the housing unit where the attack happened was fully staffed at the time of the incident.