Officials: Inmate assaults officer moments before release

The Associated Press
AP Writer

(AP) — Authorities say an inmate at a facility in Atoka County was on the verge of being freed when he assaulted a correctional officer in McAlester.

McAlester Police Officer Charles Rogers said a prison van was stopped at a bus station Friday and the door was opened, when the 26-year-old inmate used a belly chain that slipped off of his stomach to strike Correctional Officer Charles Black on the hand.

According to a police affidavit, Black and another correctional officer restrained the inmate until another officer arrived to help.

The McAlester News-Capital ( ) reports the inmate had served two years and five months at Mack Alford Correctional Facility in Stringtown, and is being held at the Pittsburg County Justice Center on $10,000 bond.


Information from: McAlester News-Capital,